Swimming champion (Banasiuk) lives an otherwise uneventful life with his doting girlfriend and mother. But when a chance encounter with the handsome Michal (Gelner) sparks something desire that he's been repressing, his life is thrown into turmoil.
Brooding, provocative and utterly hypnotic, Tomasz Wasilewski’s coming-out drama is courageous, compelling cinema. Courageous, because it’s Poland’s first LGBT movie; compelling, because its study of bigotry is matched by a stealthy portrait of urban isolation. Mateusz Banasiuk plays a champion swimmer who, unbeknownst to his girlfriend, starts an affair with another man, triggering seething self-doubt and dark aftershocks. Wasilewski’s static visual style sets the nihilistic, pensive tone, echoed in Banasiuk’s simmering performance. Both, on this evidence, are names to look out for.
A punchy, well-acted and devastating coming-out drama.