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NOTHING

Poland, 1998 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska

"Stunningly photographed and thematically provocative, Nothing examines the tragedy of a young Polish mother with too many children and too few choices... writer/director Dorota Kedzierzawska brings a distinctive eye and precise feel for the interplay between the light world of youngsters and the dark forces of adulthood."—Variety

Trapped in a cruel marriage to unfeeling ogre Antoni, Hela adores her children, the offspring of an untenable love. Antoni is uncaring toward the kids, pinning the blame for the family's poverty on their tiny shoulders.

Nothing transcends conventional storytelling, relying not so much on plot as bravura visual detail to take the audience under the skin of a story and immerse us in a different reality. The film shares a spiritual and emotional bond with such groundbreaking works as Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves.

Hela's problems are intensified when she learns that she is pregnant with yet another child but keeps her condition a secret as she explores medical, religious and official options. A devastating exploration of a desperate woman's mind culminating in an horrific climax.

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