Director: Agnieszka Holland
Cast" Agnieska Mandat-Grabka, Wiktor Wborowski, Jakub Gierszal
In Polish, with English subtitles
The movie examines sense of community, activism, greed, and vengeance in a remote Polish village near the Czech border. The main protagonist is Janina, a retired engineer who now moonlights as English tutor in an elementary school, while living alone with her dogs who she calls her daughters. She is vegetarian. She believes in astrology more than the Darwinian theory. Her routine existence gets stirred when her dogs disappear, and later finds her neighbor dead. Then one by one, dead bodies of local thugs and powers that be - all hunters- are discovered. This poses threat to the communities peace and order. Janina, fueled by her activism, cannot take the series of events sitting down.
While I like the movie in general, I'm not sure if it really delivers as a standout as crime movie. The animal right activism angle sometimes skews the narrative away from the crime genre. The movie inject humor in some scenes, while unnecessarily melodramatic in some. The feeling of isolation is effectively captured by the impressive cinematography.
Date seen: March 3, 2018