Little Crushes: From absurdity to drama
by Dorota Hartwich
- Today, Alter Ego Pictures releases the promising feature debut by a duo of filmmakers who were discovered at Rotterdam
A barrage of almost surreal scenes that keep coming at the viewer in an astonishing but absurd one-upmanship, a hugely dynamic form of storytelling and some clever dialogue: these are the most remarkable assets possessed by Little Crushes [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Aleksandra Gowin and Piotr Grzyb, which comes out today in Polish cinemas after having been unveiled as a world premiere at Rotterdam and receiving awards at the Giffoni Experience Festival, among others.
The movie’s plot revolves around two young female friends (played by Helena Sujecka and Agnieszka Pawelkiewicz), who earn a living by clearing out flats after their owners die. They sell old pieces of furniture and trinkets to flea markets, but one day they meet Piotr (Szymon Czacki), who works in a factory that manufactures packaging materials. He joins the girls and thus forms a trio in which the relationships are more than ambiguous, switching from moments of the warmest friendship to hateful episodes, via a sexual tension enveloped in an atmosphere of unspoken love. What the three characters have in common is an inclination towards evasion: they are not used to expressing their emotions and prefer to play the never-ending game of appearances.
This debut fiction feature is so surprising (in a good way) that Aleksandra Gowin and Piotr Grzyb already seem to be following in the footsteps of other top-notch duos in the world of Polish cinema, joining the likes of Joanna and Krzysztof Krauze, or Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal.
Produced by Koi Studio, Little Crushes was co-produced by Fixafilm, and backed by the Polish Film Institute and the Lodz Regional Film Fund. Distribution in Polish theatres is handled by Alter Ego Pictures and international sales are headed by New Morning Films.
(Translated from French)