Chemo

99 minutes 2015

The attractive lovers at the center of this grim comedy are the sort of jubilant partners in crime who improvise a flamboyant ballet among a crowd of elderly ballroom dancers, but their romance hits choppy water when the woman (Agnieszka ┼╗ulewska) is diagnosed with breast cancer. Improbably and impulsively, she and her man (Tomasz Schuchardt) decide to marry and have a child, and in quick succession she gets a double mastectomy, starts chemotherapy, and gives birth to a healthy baby girl. A tone of scrappy defiance, reminiscent of such American cancer comedies as 50/50 and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, combined with eccentric characterization, keeps this watchable for most of its length, but the story crumples into mush near the end, when the heroine, having enjoyed a few years of remission with her daughter, gets sick again and turns desperate. Bartosz Prokopowicz directed.

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