Grzegorzek juggles genres in I Am Yours
Mariusz Grzegorzek’s I Am Yours [+see also:
film profile] (Jestem Twój) is being launched today in Polish theatres. After a hiatus of several years, the director of Talking to a Man from a Wardrobe returns to the big screen with a film that will no doubt divide audiences but certainly won’t go unnoticed.
Adapted from a stage play by Canadian dramatist Judith Thompson, the film centres on Marta (Małgorzata Buczkowska-Szlenkier), a young doctor who is financially comfortable and married to a businessman (Ireneusz Czop). But although her life appears stable and secure, in reality Marta is unbalanced: she is emotionally confused and knows how to diagnose her problems but is incapable of solving them.
By chance, she meets Artur (Mariusz Ostrowski), a young criminal who falls madly in love with her. Marta rejects him but cannot escape her extremely strong feelings. The scenes between Marta and the men in her life, between her and her sister, are full of endless outbursts of love and hatred.
I Am Yours is a mix of genres with elements of thriller, psychological drama, comedy and farce. Viewers may feel disorientated by the way it develops a pop and kitsch aesthetic.
"Of course, it’s a completely conscious and intentional approach", the director told Cineuropa. "I’m not trying to tease the audience. If I juggle genres, whilst keeping the emphasis on farce, it’s because that’s how it was in Thompson’s play."
(Translated from French)
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