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The Net

An hour-long episode from the TV series Big Deals, this 2000 Polish film by Krzysztof Krauze spoofs Poland's emerging yuppies: a woman buys a cell phone packed with expensive options as a birthday gift for her husband, and the husband mistakenly believes that she's bought it to carry on an affair with the phone salesman. His jealousy exposes the pressure points of their modern marriage (conformity, consumerism, and competitiveness), which may seem fresh to Polish viewers but will be dreadfully familiar to Americans. Krauze's satire is heavy-handed, and the comedy's occasional sharp edges are negated by a pat ending.

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