Z Odzysku (Retrieval) (2006)



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A man is drawn to the wrong side of the law in a town with no future in this first feature from Polish filmmaker Slawomir Fabricki. Wojtek (Antoni Pawlicki) is nineteen years old and lives in the Polish city of Slask. Wojtek realizes he's fortunate to have a job in a city where poverty and unemployment are widespread, but his position at a cement factory is dangerous and he needs to make more money if he wants to get a flat to share with his girlfriend Katja (Nataliya Vdovina), a single mother and illegal Ukrainian immigrant several years older than himself. Wojtek quits his job when one of his co-workers is killed in an accident, but good fortune seems to be smiling on him when he meets Gazda (Jacek Braciak), the owner of a local nightclub. Wojtek is a talented amateur boxer and Gazda, who recalls seeing him fight, offers him a job as a bouncer at the club. Soon Wojtek is earning enough money to move in with Katja and is even able to arrange a job for his friend Baton (Michal Filipiak), but when Gazda introduces Wojtek and Baton to his associate Kalafior (Wojciech Zielinski), they learn Gazda makes most of his money as a loan shark, and if they want to keep their jobs they're going to start doing double duty as his new collection men. Zodzysku (aka Retrieval) received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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It has been beautifully crafted in the finest tradition of Poland's venerable and distinguished cinema.

Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall, it's still a fine debut, balancing its more ungainly dramatic turns with an absolutely perfect and poetic (dare I say Dardenne-esque?) final shot.

Aug 7, 2008

Throughout, Bogumil Godfrejow's mostly hand-held camerawork is apt and affecting.

Mar 24, 2007

Retrieval is unlikely to take home any prizes for originality in Cannes, but feature debut for Polish helmer Slawomir Fabricki punches above its weight with beefy genre tale of an essentially decent young pugilist.

May 26, 2006

The movie has an altogether haunting feel, capped by a final shot thatâ(TM)s a brilliant callback to an earlier line of dialogue. If you want to get home bad enough, you can always find a way.

Aug 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

None of my carps amount to a suggestion to skip this surprising film. It's just somewhat imperfect, is all.

Aug 10, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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