La Ballata dei Lavavetri (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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Peter Del Monte directed this Italian drama about Polish immigrants in Rome, adapted from E. Albinati's novel, The Polish Car Window Cleaner. When Janusz (Romuald Andrzej Klos) arrives in Rome with his family, they seek employment while awaiting visas to travel on to Canada. The men in the family clean windshields of vehicles stuck in Rome's massive traffic jams. Attractive daughter Justyna (Agata Buzek), who takes care of an ill child, has a run-in with rapists. Janusz mysteriously vanishes, and his son Rafal (Kim Rossi Stuart) fears he is dead. Janusz' demented brother Zygmunt (Olek Mincer) begins to wander about the city. Janusz is on the brink of happiness with a beautiful Bulgarian, Irina (Eljana Nikolova Popova), when a botched robbery results in his being charged with murder. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.