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Fear of Falling  {Lek wysokosci}

Fear of Falling
Lek wysokosci

Poland, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Family Issues, Medical/Health
Programs: Contemporary World Cinema, Eye on Films
Language: Polish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Bartosz Konopka
Producer: Dariusz Gajewski, Ewa Jastrzêbska, Jacek Bromski
Editor: Jaroslaw Barzan
Screenwriter: Bartosz Konopka, Piotr Borowski
Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski
Principal Cast: Dorota Kolak, Krzystof Stroinski, Magdalena Poplaswska, Marcin Dorocinski

Tomek leads a comfortable life as a TV anchor and family man when he receives a troubling message from the psychiatric hospital in his hometown: his father, whom he has not seen in years, has just been admitted. Against the advice of friends and family, not to mention his own better judgment, Tomek returns home to face the man he hardly knows. After a failed, guilt-ridden attempt to sell his father’s apartment, Tomek decides to make up for lost time. Kidnapping his aging father from the hospital, the two embark on a vacation to the mountains in an effort to restore some semblance of a relationship.

Polish newcomer Bartosz Konopka’s promising feature debut is a poignant drama about the age-old troubles between fathers and sons. Konopka explains it this way: “The fear of falling means the fear of living, fear of meeting challenges of everyday life. How can this fear be overcome?” Born out of his own painful experiences, Fear of Falling simply confronts it outright.
—MATTHEW CAMPBELL


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