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Tuesday

Witold Adamek follows up his 1998 feature Monday with this comic drama about two losers who borrow money from a local mob boss to open a strip club and soon find themselves targeted by rival gangsters and marked for death by a puritanical church committee. The plot may sound like cable-TV sexploitation, but like Robert Altman in the 70s, Adamek concentrates on quirky portraiture as the two men gather their friends and family around them for the enterprise, an intimacy enhanced by his loose documentary-style cinematography. While not exactly laugh-out-loud funny, the film offers some biting commentary on Poland's rocky experiment with capitalism: the partners quickly discover there are as many women willing to strip for cash as there are men willing to watch. In Polish with subtitles. 91 min.

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