A three-way conversation between an anxious mother, her twenty-something daughter, and a psychotherapist: a documentary that will resonate long after the credits have rolled.
The camera cuts from Hana to her mother, Ewa, as they explore their fractious relationship. The soft-voiced therapist (Professor de Barbaro) encourages them to probe old memories, in order to reveal long-hidden truths. Weeks pass (although we only see the trio during sessions) and the past slowly rises into the present. You could say this is a film for every daughter, but it's also for anyone who's ever loved – with all the complexity and misunderstanding that can involve. Polish director Pawel Lozinski (a multi award-winner for films such as Birthplace and Sisters, SFF 2000) is never less than respectful, but he's no idle observer. His camera and process are as probing as the therapist's carefully considered questions.
Anthropology means also questioning and staging the intimacy of family relations. In this powerful cinematographic experience, a mother and a daughter try to speak to each other under the watchful eye a therapist. We are like in a film of John Cassavetes, where faces become unforgettable landscapes of emotions. – Jury statement, Gian Paolo Award Festival dei Popoli
I find de Barbaro's methods extremely fascinating. He is a constructionist: he believes that words create reality, that how you name something determines what it becomes. His method is extraordinary: it consists in listening to his patients' words describing their emotions and sometimes suggesting to change those words that are too strong or categorical, because they can be too hurtful for another person. – director Pawel Lozinski
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Polish with English subtitles
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