Lila is a schoolgirl in love whose boyfriend Janek has betrayed her with another girl. Seeking revenge, Lila puts in motion a chain of events that cannot be stopped which leads to terrifying consequences.
This intriguing Polish drama tells the lightly fictionalized true story of a teenaged girl, Lila (Eliza Rycembel), who convinces her boyfriend to murder one of their classmates in order to atone for the boyfriend’s infidelity. While The Word has been referred to as a “procedural” and “Macbeth set in a high school,” it’s thankfully less genre-oriented than such labels imply. What director/co-writer Anna Kazejak has achieved instead is a rather dark character study focusing on Lila’s interrelationships with her friends and parents, the dramatization of which offers disturbing insights into youth culture in the social-media age while simultaneously avoiding drawing pat conclusions. This has some of the same delicacy of feeling of Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love, an otherwise very different portrait of a teenage girl by a young female director, and I’m glad I saw it.
Director: Anna Kazejak
Writers: Anna Kazejak, Magnus von Horn
Stars: Eliza Rycembel, Mateusz Wieclawek, Magdalena Poplawska
Country: Poland | Denmark
Release Date: 14 March 2014 (Poland)
Also Known As: The Word
Filming Locations: Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 1.03 GiB
Duration : 1 h 32 min
Overall bit rate : 1 592 kb/s