13-year-old Bartek tries desperately to hide the fact that his father beats him. Lonely and with no support from his mother or his school, tyrannised by his soccer coach, the boy finds his only friend in an old dying stray dog.
This is a short film about child abuse. The child actor is very engaging, extremely natural, very well led by the director. The cinematography gives everything a grimy, realistic, post-communist bleakness. Kudos to the director for keeping everything tight and lean. Whether the film could be more uplifting is a question of taste. Polish cinema isn’t exactly known for it’s light touch so don’t expect a happy ending.
The only real problem with the story is that it’s not very original. In fact, it looks like a compressed version of “Kes” with dogs subsituted for birds. I guess if you haven’t seen that Ken Loach film it won’t matter but this fact stuck out for me.
Director: Slawomir Fabicki
Writer: Slawomir Fabicki
Stars: Bartosz Idczak, Mariusz Jakus, Marek Bielecki
Release Date: 22 March 2002 (Poland)
Also Known As: A Man Thing
Filming Locations: Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42 (isom/mp42)
File size : 279 MiB
Duration : 26 min 38 s
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 465 kb/s