Time To Die, 2007 Dir: Dorta Kedzierzawska

Time To Die is outright great directing from Dorota Kedzierzawska whose attention to character detail, cinematic texture are all shown within rich Black and White composition.

This lovingly prepared Polish film captured my imagination as it is a study of an old lady who has nothing accept her grand house and lots of memories. The house is central to the theme as her uncaring lout of a son intends to make money off the house when she passes. It is a sure case of “Over my dead body” as she finds a brilliant alternative to the problem.

The story portrays Aniela (Danuta Szaflarska) as the clever, experienced heroine who has amasses great stories of wonder and bitterness over her life. In the middle of this mêlée is the family house. The main supporting central structure. The place that has history etched into the walls. The place where memories where made now empty remains.

The 93 years young Danura Szaflarska in the lead role is amazing to watch as you connect with the character who struggles to communicate with an ungrateful family. You see the life experience, wisdom and honesty in every scene. Her closes friend is Phila, her lovable dog. This is the best dog acting I have ever witnessed from Phila the dog who gently pushes the film on in parts. Like a Dame Helen Mirren of the dog acting world who fully deserves The Best Canine Performance Award at The Polish Film Awards.

This is a great film from a highly skilled director who carefully creates a situation where you are genuinely concerned about the final outcome.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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