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Tatarak (2009)

In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (short story "Tatarak"), Krystyna Janda (monologue "Zapiski ostatnie") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Krystyna Janda ... Marta / Krystyna Janda
Pawel Szajda ... Bogus / Marta's lover
Jan Englert ... Doctor / Marta's Husband
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak ... Marta's Friend
Julia Pietrucha ... Halinka
Roma Gasiorowska ... Janitor
Krzysztof Skonieczny ... Stasiek
Pawel Tomaszewski Pawel Tomaszewski ... Bridge Player #1
Mateusz Kosciukiewicz ... Bridge Player #2
Marcin Luczak Marcin Luczak ... Bridge Player #3
Marcin Korcz Marcin Korcz
Maciej Kowalik Maciej Kowalik
Jerzy Mizak Jerzy Mizak
Marcin Starzecki Marcin Starzecki
Andrzej Wajda ... Himself
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Storyline

Marta, a European woman semi-happily married to a local physician. She learns that he has contracted lung cancer, but deliberately resists informing her of his dire impending fate -- because she's already emotionally fragile for the death of their young sons during the war. Then, one day, when she is walking with a friend, she catches a glimpse of a handsome, strapping 20-year-old man named Boguslaw and feels instantly drawn to his youth and sexuality. She then beckons him into a mentor-protégé relationship, which inevitably leads to an affair. She expresses her desire to collect rushes for the upcoming Pentecost feast, an event designed to celebrate life, and the passage of spring into summer -- but she doesn't realize that the freshness of life that beckoned her when she first spotted Boguslaw will ultimately be her undoing. Written by lament

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Rush See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film is dedicated to the late cinematographer Edward Klosinski, the husband of actress Krystyna Janda and one of Andrzej Wajda's closest collaborators. Klosinski died during filming and his wife decided to include in the movie her personally written monologue on his loss, which actually refers to the very subject of the film as well as the short story it is based on. See more »

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An ode to the fragile beauty of youth
7 May 2012 | by picareskSee all my reviews

The bleak dark room where Krystyna Janda recalls the illness and death of her husband is the root of the sweet rush lurking in the dark, muddy bed of the river - the reality. The contrasting nectar of life given so well and poignantly through the beautiful imagery, the light, the lush nature, the music, and the wonderfully naive scenes of Bogus and Maria, you can't help loving this film above its flaws. It feels like the Krystyna Janda real life scenes were made for the actress rather than for the audience. And though heart breaking it is, these monologues are a bit too long and too raw and end up like a dull paraphrasing of a poem. Probably this is intended, but still, I would rather see that time used for more on the characters, on the story and its questions.


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