Jak Zyc (1976)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Sociology, Marriage & Commitment  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |  
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In an ironic use of "cinema-verite," director Marcel Lozinski took his camera crew in 1976 to an actual training camp for young marrieds on how to live properly and in accordance with the best dictates of society. Couples wear the uniforms and insignia of their own organizations, and are grilled on their social and political attitudes and knowledge, and even questioned on their sex life. Their children are put through the same rigors (except for the sex life), all with the objective of awarding a washing machine as the first prize for the couple who turns out to be the most ideal. Director Lozinski throws a rag in the gears when he smuggles in a few couples who are really actors, and they react adversely to having their privacy invaded by the questions in the "contest." As their shenanigans continue, the contest is cut short and the winning couple declared -- reinforcing the adage that truth is stranger than fiction, and in this case, much more embarrassing.

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contest, couple, training-camp