Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
Off-beat might be too week an adjective to describe this strange, metaphorical and magical fairy tale from Polish filmmaker Jakub Kolski. Interesting conversations as to the exact meaning of the symbolic drama are sure to result. The tale is divided into two parts. The first centers on Marczyk, an aged farmer and his encounter with itinerant fiddler Lunda whose mad, capricious melodies are inspired by jagged shards of broken crockery. Marczyk knows he is to die soon, but before he does, he tricks the cruelly beautiful Angel of Death into allowing him to find a mate for the "monster" he conceals at the bottom of a well. His creature, Morka, is actually a three eyed, freak with two noses and two mouths. Still, Marczyk is able to die in peace for Janka, a lady dwarf, has come and fallen in love with Morka and their romance provides the story's second half. Trouble brews though when Janka suddenly begins growing to normal stature. Fearful that she will stop loving him, poor Morka joins a traveling side show. But fortunately, that is not the end of the tale.
beauty-and-the-beast, farming, fiddler, love, romance, terminal-illness