Simple Desires | Chicago Reader

Simple Desires

This subdued drama by writer-director Marek Stacharski juggles three familiar situations: a middle-class husband and father, hoping to improve his family's financial lot, gets involved in a series of shady business deals; his underemployed wife struggles to find a better job; and their teenage son falls under the influence of a gang of delinquents. The results are earnest but, absent any distinguishing thematic or psychological nuance, instantly forgettable. The movie is most interesting for its images of Przemysl, a small city in southeastern Poland that's dense with historic landmarks. In Polish with subtitles.

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