The Roes' Room | Chicago Reader

The Roes' Room

Lech Majewski's “autobiographical film opera,” shot on video and adapted from his 1996 Polish stage production, transpires almost entirely inside the modest flat the young hero occupies with his aging mother and father, though interior and exterior gradually merge as the rooms are overtaken by flora and fauna. Paintings by De Chirico decorate the walls, providing a handy reference point for Majewski's sense of mystery and emptiness, while the devout household's Catholic icons frame the son's hoary struggle to reconcile sexual impulse and spiritual longing. Majewski's chiaroscuro imagery is consistently undercut by the video format, but like the vegetation creeping through the little apartment, his wild tableaux take on a life of their own. In Polish with subtitles. 90 min.

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