Ode to Joy | Chicago Reader

Ode to Joy

There's precious little joy for any of the characters in this 2005 trio of shorts, which are set against the shifting economic landscape of contemporary Poland. In the strongest entry, Anna Kazejak-Dawid's gritty “Silesia,” a young woman returns from working in England to find her miner father on strike and her beautician mother unemployed and approaching a nervous breakdown. Jan Komasa's “Warsaw,” about a rapper angered by the cruelty of his girlfriend's wealthy father, ends so abruptly it feels unfinished. And in Maciej Migas's “Pomerania” a fisherman on the Baltic coast tries to weather girl trouble, a skinflint boss, a shrewish mom, and a dad slipping into dementia. 113 min.

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