Supermarket | Chicago Reader


81 minutes

A veteran security guard, facing dismissal if he doesn't bust enough shoplifters, turns hypervigilant and transforms the busy supermarket where he works into a little police state. A number of recent comedies from eastern Europe have considered how cultural habits formed under communism continue to thrive under capitalism; this Polish thriller is generally humorless but still advances the theme persuasively. Writer-director Machiej Zak ratchets up the suspense as the antihero's bad intentions snowball into a crisis; the movie illustrates how one man's demand for order can poison an entire community. In Polish with subtitles.

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