dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski | 1981, premiere 1987 | Drama | 120’ | Poland
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15, English Subtitles
Cast: Bogusław Linda (Witek Długosz), Tadeusz Łomnicki (Werner), Zbigniew Zapasiewicz (Adam), Bogusława Pawelec (Czuszka Olkowska), Marzena Trybała (Werka)
Play Poland Film Festival 2016 Opening Film at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh
Poland, in the politically turbulent late 1970s: Witek is running to catch a train. From this trivial event, Krzysztof Kieślowski imagines three different possible outcomes in the young man’s life. In the first scenario, Witek catches the train on which he meets some hard line communists and joins the party. In the second, as Witek runs for the train, his path is blocked by a ticket inspector; the ensuing struggle leads to his arrest and subsequent involvement in the political underground. In the final scenario, Witek misses the train and he returns to the medical studies that he intended to abandon. He falls in love with a fellow student, gets married and lives a quiet life as a doctor, showing little interest in politics.