Departure (1991)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |  
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Winner of the Best Actress award for Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska at The Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the Magdalena and Piotr Lazarkiewicz-directed 1991 feature film Departure (aka 'Odjazd') concerns the toxic relationship that develops between a mother and daughter of German ancestry, confined to a nursing home in Mazurian Lake, Poland. An ethnic identity crisis emerges, as the daughter, Hilda, identifies closely with the Polish, and the mother, Augusta, with the Germans. The difference of opinion soon erupts into a sour disagreement over whether to stay put or head back to the country of their fathers.