Born near Chernobyl seven years after the disaster, Zenia works in Poland as masseur to the wealthy inhabitants of a gated community; they claim he has special powers, and maybe he has… Co-directing with her regular cinematographer Michał Englert (who provides his customarily striking images), Szumowska again demonstrates that she’s one of the most boldly imaginative filmmakers around. Working inventive variations on the Theorem-like premise of a profoundly flawed, fractured community visited by a mysterious stranger, she revisits themes from her earlier films – the body and illness, loss and grief, faith and doubt, the fissures and failings of Polish society, the state of the world – to create a seriocomic fable that takes in surrealism, satire and social commentary. Enigmatic, engrossing and enormously enjoyable.

Geoff Andrew

Content warning: this film contains flashing images.

UK Distribution Picturehouse Entertainment

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