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Blind Chance (Przypadek) Reviews

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Eric B

Super Reviewer

October 16, 2009
Made in 1981 but suppressed for several years, this early Krzysztof Kieslowski film is more interesting for its structure than for its specific plot details (which lack resonance for viewers like me who aren't so familiar with Polish politics).

The central character is Witek, a young medical student feeling adrift after his father's recent death. Three alternate stories follow, hinging upon whether he successfully catches a train to Warsaw. This unusual gimmick obviously influenced the '90s films "Run Lola Run" and "Sliding Doors," which is why every darn "Blind Chance" review brings up this similarity.

In the first sequence, Witek barely catches the train and meets an older man who steers him toward working for the national Communist party. In the second, he misses the train, is arrested after fighting with a security guard and ends up joining the anti-Communist underground. In the third, he misses the train, avoids the fight and instead becomes a non-partisan doctor. These situations lead to climaxes of varying drama.

Each of the stories also comes with a different romantic interest. A childhood sweetheart, a friend's sister and a fellow doctor all draw Witek's affections. The film may require backtracking to recall how some other characters figured in the preceding realities.

The idea of one's life path being switched in a random moment is fascinating, but "Blind Chance" has two chief problems. First, Witek has a rather vague, flavorless personality. Second, the film's pacing seems uneven because the three stories are not given equal emphasis (the segments run roughly 50, 35 and 20 minutes). A more minor glitch: A crucial special effect is horribly executed, no doubt due to budget limitations.

"Blind Chance" is not on the level of more famous Kieslowski works such as "The Double Life of Veronique" and "Red," but its polished cinematography and studied introspection are typically compelling. And hey, there's an exciting "Easter egg" of sorts if you happen to be a juggling fan.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

May 17, 2010
[font=Century Gothic]In "Blind Chance", Witek(Boguslaw Linda) is a young medical student whose domineering father died just a few days previously. He is now at a crossroads of his life, unsure if he still wants to study medicine which his father always wanted him to. He runs to make the Warsaw train...and three separate timelines result...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]A) Witek makes the train. After attempting to help a prisoner escape, he befriends Werner(Tadeusz Lomnicki). Werner puts him into contact with Communist party officials who are able to employ Witek.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]B) Witek just misses the train, getting into an altercation with a policeman on the platform. He is sentenced to thirty days parole and a suggestion of community service where he meets Marek(Jacek Borkowski), a member of the university underground.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]C) Witek misses the train and the policeman but renews the acquaintance of Olga(Monika Gozdzik) who is at the train station to see him off. Their friendship leads to sex which leads to pregnancy which leads to marriage.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, "Blind Chance" is a triptych of short films about the paths a person's life can take. It is not only an intelligent meditation on the capricious nature of fate but also on the limits of freedom in a society that is anything but free.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: "Blind Chance" would inspire later films including "Run Lola Run"(which I loved) and "Sliding Doors"(which I haven't seen). [/font]
chase _

Super Reviewer

May 28, 2008
a fascinating rumination on fate/chance. this movie has been remade by so many people, but few even come anywhere close to this. religion, politics, family, love.
July 16, 2007
Kieslowski's "Blind Chance" is an incredible journey into coincidence and fate. Filmed on the eve of the destruction of communism in Poland. Kieslowski's bold take on polital affiliations in a country going through it's own struggles with the political party speaks volumes. The film concentrates on the life of a young man(Witek) and the decisions made when fate gives you the choices. The film is divided into three parts each being a different consequence for Witek. They are all decided and seperate themselves during the scene repeated in the film three times as Witek runs down a train in a station as he catches and misses the train. Each leading to three completely different futures. The beauty of Blind Chance obviously is that it leaves you thinking about one's decisions and how they can and will impact your life. That's the whole process with Kieslowski, his films leave you thinking about the your life and remind you that time is gold and love is infinite. Made on the eve of communist crackdown, The film was surpressed for nearly seven years! Favorite Scene(had many): Witek saves three doctors from a building controlled by leftist students with the intention to burn the building.
February 16, 2014
Now-a-days it's easy to see this movie as a prototype for Run Lola, Run (it's separated into three sections that show different outcomes for it's protagonist), but it's intrinsic value is more catered toward Kieslowski's legacy. You can really see that the renowned Polish filmmaker was truly finding his voice in this unpolished but intriguing early entry, that actually has an admirable sense of humor that his latter and more recognized work lacked.
September 28, 2012
Blind Chance proves to be a enlightening, in-depth analysis of determinism and its basic assumptions. Without a doubt, it makes the viewer think about the possibilities of fate guiding our lives, and whether our choices are actually ours or just blind chances, on which we don't really have any influence. Witek is a medical student who just lost his father. After speaking with him for the last time, he decides to leave Lodz and move to Warsaw. Three different variations appear on screen, showing how Witek's action (catching the train, not catching it) determine his future. Very engaging, clever, profound, with a great performance by young Boguslaw Linda. Kieslowski shows his indisputable talent, by showing the psychological evaluation of a man in correspondence to broader metaphysical divagations.
Ivan M
December 26, 2011
A beautifully medatative film from acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski. Witek, played by Boguslaw Linda, runs to catch a train. The film is split into three acts, each one of them a glimpse into the potential outcome of how this ambiguous, seemingly insignificant sprint may play out. The first outcome begins with him catching the train. He meets an old man who inspires him to become involved with politics and he goes through much on his journey. The second opens with him missing the train and getting into a fight. He is put on community service and a completely different series of events awaits him. The third outcome, yet another completely unrelated way for it to play out, starts with him missing the train and meeting a woman he knows. They end up marrying each other, and the most seemingly innocent, relaxed outcome of them all ensues. It is first and foremost a conceptual film, which gets you thinking for a long time after it has finished. Kieslowski has still not perfected his craft with this film, but it's a moving tale of a man at a crossroads in his life, and how the choices we make, no matter how arbitrary, can influence the rest of your life.
April 28, 2012
I do not believe in fate or predestiny and as such I loved this film because I found it to so eloquently portrays how life can take such different turns based on a change in a minor happening. In this movie the main character, Witek, runs to catch a train and then there are 3 different futures based on whether he catches the train or not. The futures intersect slightly but not in any important way though in a highly coincidental way. There is also some discussions about god and whether there is one or not and a lot about politics as Poland was under Communist rule at the time the movie was made. The film portrays the limits in a society that is not free and the consequences. It was not allowed to be aired until the late 80's thug it was filmed in the early 80's. This film was a forerunner of Run Lola Run and Sliding Doors which it inspired. I also think it inspired The Butterfly Effect. I found the film a bit slow at times but the ending made up for it for me.
Eric B

Super Reviewer

October 16, 2009
Made in 1981 but suppressed for several years, this early Krzysztof Kieslowski film is more interesting for its structure than for its specific plot details (which lack resonance for viewers like me who aren't so familiar with Polish politics).

The central character is Witek, a young medical student feeling adrift after his father's recent death. Three alternate stories follow, hinging upon whether he successfully catches a train to Warsaw. This unusual gimmick obviously influenced the '90s films "Run Lola Run" and "Sliding Doors," which is why every darn "Blind Chance" review brings up this similarity.

In the first sequence, Witek barely catches the train and meets an older man who steers him toward working for the national Communist party. In the second, he misses the train, is arrested after fighting with a security guard and ends up joining the anti-Communist underground. In the third, he misses the train, avoids the fight and instead becomes a non-partisan doctor. These situations lead to climaxes of varying drama.

Each of the stories also comes with a different romantic interest. A childhood sweetheart, a friend's sister and a fellow doctor all draw Witek's affections. The film may require backtracking to recall how some other characters figured in the preceding realities.

The idea of one's life path being switched in a random moment is fascinating, but "Blind Chance" has two chief problems. First, Witek has a rather vague, flavorless personality. Second, the film's pacing seems uneven because the three stories are not given equal emphasis (the segments run roughly 50, 35 and 20 minutes). A more minor glitch: A crucial special effect is horribly executed, no doubt due to budget limitations.

"Blind Chance" is not on the level of more famous Kieslowski works such as "The Double Life of Veronique" and "Red," but its polished cinematography and studied introspection are typically compelling. And hey, there's an exciting "Easter egg" of sorts if you happen to be a juggling fan.
October 17, 2011
We agree or not that our whole personal universe depends on how a drunk man steps on a coin, this is a brilliant movie of a brilliant director, who became famous for his characters little, subtle and "insignificant" every day moments that draw "from inside" a great portrait of humanity. An amazing description of a communist Poland and east Europe that will never be the same... as well a fantastic depiction of humanity, in all its crackle, a depiction that will always be actual.
Agent Orange
May 17, 2010
BLIND CHANCE is a daring, highly conceptual film by Polish director Kryzstof Kieslowski. It's one of those movies that you can study and analyze to your heart's content, as there are subtleties and undertones throughout the film. The storyline is that as Witek, a young Polish medical student, rushes to catch the last train to Warsaw, his future will be shaped by his catching or missing the train. In one, he becomes a Communist Party member, in the other a Christian, and in the last a devoted doctor and father. A fascinating, controversial film that shouldn't be missed, Kieslowski's BLIND CHANCE is a masterpiece.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

May 17, 2010
[font=Century Gothic]In "Blind Chance", Witek(Boguslaw Linda) is a young medical student whose domineering father died just a few days previously. He is now at a crossroads of his life, unsure if he still wants to study medicine which his father always wanted him to. He runs to make the Warsaw train...and three separate timelines result...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]A) Witek makes the train. After attempting to help a prisoner escape, he befriends Werner(Tadeusz Lomnicki). Werner puts him into contact with Communist party officials who are able to employ Witek.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic]B) Witek just misses the train, getting into an altercation with a policeman on the platform. He is sentenced to thirty days parole and a suggestion of community service where he meets Marek(Jacek Borkowski), a member of the university underground.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic]C) Witek misses the train and the policeman but renews the acquaintance of Olga(Monika Gozdzik) who is at the train station to see him off. Their friendship leads to sex which leads to pregnancy which leads to marriage.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, "Blind Chance" is a triptych of short films about the paths a person's life can take. It is not only an intelligent meditation on the capricious nature of fate but also on the limits of freedom in a society that is anything but free.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Note: "Blind Chance" would inspire later films including "Run Lola Run"(which I loved) and "Sliding Doors"(which I haven't seen). [/font]
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