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My Friend the Polish Girl

UK, English, 87 mins

  • Director: Ewa Banaszkiewicz; Mateusz Dymek
  • Writer: Mateusz Dymek; Ewa Banaszkiewicz
  • Producer: Mateusz Dymek; Ewa Banaszkiewicz

CGiii Comment

Directors, screenwriters and producers, Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, should end their collaboration [now] if they want their careers to progress in a positive direction. 87 minutes of sub-standard not-good-enough-to-be-film-school drivel...when you hear a 'supposed' documentary 'supposed' filmmaker say: Act as if I'm not here - that's when you should leave. Sadly, we sat through the whole thing, wishing we had taken our own advice.

Seriously, to say something positive about this film required a thorough 'deep-digging' - nope, not even the 'Black & White' looks good, we dug and dug, uncovered a tissue of subtext, dug a little further...then, bashed our collective brains against a subterranean concrete wall. 

Hey...what would a film festival be without the stinkers?!? It's all part of the fun...the opportunity to berate and moan with a mighty large Gin or two - afterwards, with chums!


The(ir) Blurb...

An intriguing post-Brexit British drama.

Katie (Emma Friedman-Cohen), a young American documentarian, casts a Polish woman in her film about the life of migrants in London after the Brexit referendum. Her only instruction as director to Alicja (Aneta Piotrowska) is: “Act as if I’m not here.” However, as their relationship develops it becomes clear that all is not what it seems in Alicja’s life, and this would-be actor’s interest in both film and Katie deepens. The documentary soon becomes the narrative of a questionable game in which the two women challenge each other.

Cast & Characters

Aneta Piotrowska as Alicja Dabrowska
Emma Friedman-Cohen as Katie Broughton
Daniel Barry as Michael Plough
Max Davis as Max
Darren Rose as Uncle Mike
Tom Bonington as Tom
Gareth Lawrence as Gareth Hendricks
Richard Myers as Richard Angels -- 'God'
Jeremy Preston as Martin
Danusia Samal as Singer at Wake
Nenaa-Jo Uraih as Chantelle - Mother of angels
Holly Woodhouse as Mother with Child at Funeral

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