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Poland 2016
produced by
Dariusz Pietrykowski, Andrzej Polec, Mirella Zaradkiewicz for Film It
directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski
starring Michalina Swistun, Nicolas Przygoda, Przemyslaw Balinski, Patryk Swiderski, Pawel Brandys, Anita Jancia, Pawel Karolak, Malgorzata Olczyk, Bartlomiej Milczarek, Mikolaj Zamorski, Karolina Czajka, Marta Grabysz, Joanna Kurek, Adam Rosolek, Pawel Krawczyk, Lena Gruszka, Sergiusz Smela, Amelia Slawik, Andzelika Pankowska, Oliwer Kozlowski, Patryk Wojdylo
written by Bartosz M. Kowalski, Stanislaw Warwas, music by Kristian Eidnes Andersen

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's the last day of school and 12 year old Gabrysia (Michalina Swistun) wants to tell her classmate Szymek (Nicolas Przygoda) that she loves him - but obviously has little idea how to do so, so she asks a classmate for advice ... but unfortunately that advice makes her seem only all the clumsier ...

Gabrysia comes from a happy middle class family while Szymek isn't nearly as lucky, as most of his day consists of taking care of his disabled dad (Pawel Brandys). He's best friends with Czarek (Przemislaw Balinski), who suffers from bullying at home, so it's little surprise that these two are notorious trouble makers. When Gabrysia asks Szymek to meet her at some ruins outside the city, he thinks it's a good idea to bring Czarek and for the two of them to rape Gabrysia and record it on their cellphones - but that's of course easier said than done, at least for boys as inexperienced as they are ...


Playground is most certainly a film that's anything but easy to swallow, it draws a bleak picture of suburbia, which is only augmented in the long and often painful takes, including the shocking finale, which is shot in unflinching wide range with an unmoving camera for several minutes, and though it isn't as explicit as it could have been due to the distance of the camera, it's all the more creepy as it seems to be shot through a documentarist's eyes. That said, despite the shocking imagery, the film refuses to explicitely take sides, refuses to portray the two boys as mere monsters, but leaves them with some attributes common to 12 year olds, and doesn't leave society without blame - without hammering the point home though.

In all, an intentionally disturbing but also very fascinating film - just don't watch it to lift up your spirits ...


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