Romek is a Polish railway worker and Guido is a German soldier. They are both 17, in love with jazz and the same pretty girl. But it's 1943 somewhere in Nazi-occupied Poland, and their lives are bound to change soon.
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17-year-old Lucy discovers that her mother was once a porn actress and that her birth was the product of an accident "on set." She sets out to find her father, a journey that takes her into the depths of the adult entertainment industry.
Gloria Endres de Oliveira,
Poland, 1943. Four young characters are connected through a series of unusual events: ROMEK, a Polish boy from the village in which action takes place; GUIDO, a German soldier serving in the village during occupation; FRANKA, the daughter of a well-to-do local farmer; and BUNIA, a Jewish girl that escaped from a train on its way to a death camp. Each of them come across something that at the time is simultaneously a danger to and escape from their harsh reality: love. Will they be able to hold on to their dreams while facing the horrors of their day and uncertainty of future?
almost a basket of stereotypes and not just from ww2
The movie is set in a beautiful atmosphere of the summer, the atmosphere conducive to lightness and romantic feelings, especially for late teens, even if it is war time.
Though director/writer supposedly tries to take a different, polish look at what is happening, a lot of things are really strange, coming out of nowhere, maybe its magic of the summer night: why are people almost randomly shot (either by Russians or by Germans, even Nazis seemed to exercise some restraint)? why are good proper girls having sex on the first encounter? why is there a Jewish girl from Warszaw there? (when apparently the Jewish issue was long solved), why is she demanding something? why are there Russian partisans in polish forest (especially, if its western part of Poland)? etc. etc. etc. This might had been a nice movie about German/Polish youth coming together over their love for forbidden American music and polish life at that time, but with all the other random war things thrown in, what is left? A piece that seems to be more exploitative than revealing, with familiar topics of "Russian rape" and holocaust thrown in too casually and looking too painfully wrong in this movie.
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