33 Scenes from Life

  • 95'
  • Germany
  • 2008
Julia has everything one could dream of: a great and warm home, a loving husband, good parents and a successful career as an artist-photographer. But all of a sudden her world collapses when her mother becomes sick with cancer. In the following months she struggles with her mother's illness, the continuity of her career and the absence of her husband, who is also successful. The sickness and death of Julia's mother are very different and more absurd from a close perspective than one would expect. As if all of this weren't hard enough, her father can't deal with his wife's death and drowns himself in alcohol. Julia looks for comfort in the arms of an unexpected person...
A valuable film with high artistic quality, this is about the ridiculous turns that life can unexpectedly take, about loosing the people dearest to you and becoming a part of the adult world. Malgoska Szumowska has excelled in presenting not a tear-jerking drama but a true mirror of the vulnerability of life. Human, intensive, realistic. Tragic and sometimes funny, with a lot of cigarettes and booze. A film that will stay with you forever and make a place for itself in international film history. (LC)

Director
Malgoska Szumowska
Countries of production
Germany, Poland
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
95'
Medium
35mm
Original title
33 Sceny z zycia
Language
Polish
Producers
Raimond Goebel, Teresa Dvorzecka
Production Companies
Pandora Film Produktion, STI Studio Filmowe
Sales
TrustNordisk
Screenplay
Malgoska Szumowska
Cinematography
Michal Englert
Editor
Jacek Drosio
Production Design
Anna Niemira
Sound Design
Michal Dominowski
Music
Pawel Mykietyn
Cast
Julia Jentsch, Peter Gantzler
Website
http://trustnordisk.com/film/2008-33-scenes-life