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Success

This 2003 first feature by Polish filmmaker Marek Bukowski is armed with a recklessly scattershot punk sensibility, using animation, grainy 16-millimeter, and kinetic hand-held camera to convey the turbulent coming-of-age of its hero (Krzysztof Banaszyk in a droll, deadpan performance). First seen as a child during the final years of the communist regime, he grows up to become a struggling young actor, competing with his best friend for roles as well as for the love of a beautiful actress. Ultimately he wins the woman but sacrifices his career, working menial jobs to support her while his friend achieves fame and fortune. Stylistically ambitious in the extreme, this is a hit-or-miss endeavor, but it's still well worth seeing. In Polish with subtitles. 90 min.

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