Evening tickets £5.50, concessions £5
Afternoon tickets £4.50, concessions £4
Wednesday 8 December at 1pm & 7pm
Running time – 117 minutes, in Polish and Russian with English subtitles
Cinema is back at The Riverfront.
On a grey, foggy morning outside a large Polish city, Zhenia (Alec Utgoff), a masseur from the East, enters the lives of the wealthy residents of a gated community. Using hypnotic, almost magical techniques to get a residence permit, he starts working. The well-to-do residents in their ideal homes seemingly have it all, but they all suffer from an inner sadness, some unexplained longing. The attractive and mysterious newcomer's hands heal, and Zhenia's eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of their seemingly safer childhoods.
The latest from writer/director Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles, In the Name Of) and her longtime collaborator Michal Englert is an unclassifiable meditation on class, immigration, and global warming with touches of magical realism and moments of sober beauty and subtle humour.