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Cicha noc (2017)

Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit.

Director:

Piotr Domalewski

Writers:

Piotr Domalewski, Helena Szoda-Wozniak (story editor)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dawid Ogrodnik ... Adam
Tomasz Zietek ... Pawel
Agnieszka Suchora ... Teresa, Adam's Mother
Arkadiusz Jakubik ... Adam's Father
Maria Debska ... Jolka
Tomasz Schuchardt ... Marcin
Magdalena Zak Magdalena Zak ... Goska
Amelia Tyszkiewicz Amelia Tyszkiewicz ... Kasia
Pawel Nowisz ... Grandfather
Elzbieta Kepinska ... Grandmother
Adam Cywka ... Uncle Jurek
Jowita Budnik ... Aunt Basia
Katarzyna Domalewska Katarzyna Domalewska ... Ania
Mateusz Wieclawek ... Jacek
Milena Staszuk ... Aska
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Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit.

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Country:

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Language:

Polish

Release Date:

24 November 2017 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Adam's Father: You know why I was afraid of going abroad? Because when I went... I thought I could... be a human being over there, and not some... Polack. Only years later I realized... that's exactly... what I was. And only in Poland I can be a human being. That's what this country is for. So that we can feel human.
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Not exactly a holly jolly Christmas
14 November 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Polish film Cicha noc (2017) was shown in the U.S. with the translated title Silent Night. It was written and directed by Piotr Domalewski.

The movie takes place in a single day--Christmas Eve in a rural Polish region. Dawid Ogrodnik portrays Adam, a young man returning from Holland to have Christmas with his family and his pregnant fiancee, Asia. During the entire film, Adam is talking to Asia on the telephone, promising to be with her soon. This in itself lends an edginess to to the movie. Ogrodnik is a good actor, and does well in his role as protagonist.

Adam's family is almost completely dysfunctional. During the day we witness alcoholism, spouse abuse, and violence. Then things get worse.

The opening and closing scenes both show us Adam riding a bus--to home and from home. The plot is what happens in between those bus rides.

The acting is excellent throughout--especially by Tomasz Zietek, who portrays Adam's younger brother Pawel; Agnieszka Suchora who plays Teresa, Adam's mother; and Arkadiusz Jakubik, Adam's father.

I have yet to see a Polish narrative film that wasn't grim. Silent Night is no exception. It's a very powerful movie, with a solid IMDb rating of 7.2. I think it's even better than that. However, I don't think there was even one frame in the film that would bring laughter. We saw the movie on the large screen at Rochester's excellent Little Theatre. It was shown as part of the outstanding Rochester Polish Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen as well.

Fair warning: This isn't a movie for a first date, and it certainly won't replace Charlie Brown's Christmas.


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