Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Polish Ko-No-Piel-Ka was adapted by director Witold Leszczynski from the novel by Edward Redlinski. Krzysztof Majchrzak plays Kaziuk, a bull-headed peasant in a backwater Polish village. When a pretty schoolteacher comes to town, the very married Kaziuk is consumed by sexual passion. Unable to satisfy himself in the customary manner, he chops down a tree that has been growing on his family farm for years. He further defies tradition by using a scythe instead of a sickle to cut his grass. Both of these irrational acts brand him as a blasphemous lunatic! It may help to have some background in Polish customs to fully appreciate this sublimely bizarre little film.
jealousy, passion, peasant, self-discovery, teacher