This debut feature by the Polish director Slawomir Fabicki is the hard-hitting and intense story of a 19-year-old who, in his struggle to support the woman in his life, is forced to enter into a world of evil. The film is realistic as well as painful. Philosophically, it reflects on the incompatibility between the material world and inner happiness in our consumption society.
Brought up without a father, Wojtek lives in Slask (Silesia). It is a grey world and it is hard to believe in a future when all that surrounds you are derelict coal mines and poverty-stricken streets. Here, even love comes harder. Wojtek is in love with an older woman: Katja - a Ukrainian emigrant with a child, and he is ready to do anything to ensure her legal right to stay in Poland. But the world of illegal boxing matches, small time gangsters and loan sharks has him cornered. The more he fights for a better life for his girlfriend and her child, the lower he sinks. How much will he have to sacrifice to free himself from a world of evil? Can he salvage that which is most important?
The excellent acting and fabulous camerawork contribute to making this film an amazingly strong debut feature with the highest standards of contemporary European cinema. (LC)

Director
Slawomir Fabicki
Country of production
Poland
Production Year
2006
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
104'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Z odzysku
Language
Polish
Producers
Piotr Dzieciol, Lukasz Dzieciol
Production Company
Opus Film
Sales
Opus Film
Screenplay
Denijal Hasanovic, Slawomir Fabicki, Marek Pruchniewski
Cinematography
Bogumil Godfrejow
Editor
Jaroslaw Kaminski
Production Design
Wojciech Zogala
Sound Design
Piotr Knop, Michal Zarnecki, Joanna Napieralska
Cast
Antoni Pawlicki, Nataliya Vdovina
Website
http://opusfilm.com/films/feature-films/retrieval