The story of a young man discovering his homosexuality, while his girlfriend tries to cling onto him.
Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) is a promising competitive swimmer who spends his time training, refereeing between his argumentative mother and girlfriend, and getting blowjobs in the changing room toilets (supposedly from other young men, although the sound effects make it seem like he’s got a hungry labrador in there with him). Then he meets Michał, and perhaps both young men will come out of the closet. But in Poland, that’s not necessarily an easy thing to do…
There are too many padding scenes in this – shots of cars driving through multi-storey car-parks or of Polish underpasses add little and could easily have been cut (or perhaps replaced with further shots of the fortunately-endowed Mr Banasiuk in the shower). But it’s a pleasing enough film: not a new story by any stretch of the imagination, but seeing a well-worn plot set in a different location always adds an air of originality. And the nudity – both male and female – is nice! Banasiuk does well in the lead role, seeming remote and unemotional until the affair with Michał starts, whereupon he warms noticeably (although one suspects he’s never going to be the life and soul of the party). But acting honours go to Marta Nieradkiewicz as the wronged girlfriend held prisoner by the love she realises is hopeless, and to Katarzyna Herman as the clingy yet realistic mother.
Heralded as Poland’s first-ever ‘gay film’, this is worth watching not just for its novelty, not just for the nudity (or did I mention that already?), but also because it is an engrossing human interest drama that’s a good way to spend 93 minutes.
Director: Tomasz Wasilewski
Writer: Tomasz Wasilewski
Stars: Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner
Release Date: 22 November 2013 (Poland)
Also Known As: Floating Skyscrapers
Filming Locations: Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 3.18 GiB
Duration : 1 h 29 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 5 080 kb/s