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Shameless

80 minutes 2012

A young man drops out of college in order to live with his older half sister, for whom he harbors a seemingly unshakable sexual attraction, while rejecting the attentions of a more appropriate romantic partner, a charming gypsy woman. This robust and well-acted Polish feature from first-time director Filip Marczewski is far less sensationalistic than the premise might suggest, even when it incorporates a politically charged subplot involving the gypsy family's violent disputes with a gang of neo-Nazis (the leader of whom happens to be the sister's fiance). Marczewski's attention to detail and nonjudgmental treatment of the various taboos involved turn what might have become tabloid hogwash into a tasteful and socially conscious drama. In Polish with subtitles.

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