BEYOND WORDS CWC D: Urszula Antoniak. Netherlands/Poland. 85.
BEYOND WORDS CWC D: Urszula Antoniak. Netherlands/Poland. 85 min. Sep 9, 7 pm, Scotiabank 14 Sep 11, 7 pm, Scotiabank 8 Sep 17, 6:30 pm, Scotiabank 10. Rating: NNN
Antoniak’s intriguing black and white drama puts a unique spin on the European refugee theme.
Slickly put-together Berlin lawyer Michael (Jakub Gierszal) passes for German but in fact is a Polish immigrant. In the opening scene, he coolly refuses to take on an African refugee case.
The sudden reappearance of his grizzled, estranged father (Andrzej Chyra) forces Michael into an existential tailspin, resulting in a disturbing climax.
Antoniak’s compositions are as studied and elegant as her protagonist, but the dialogue is a little too on the nose for a film that otherwise is suffused with mystery and ambiguity.