Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Although young Wladek (Michal Juszczakiewicz) comes from a lowly peasant family in Poland he accumulates enough "points" in the school system to get admitted to the acting academy in Warsaw to study with his more sophisticated urban colleagues -- which is where his troubles begin. Once at the academy, he is ribbed for his peasant-like speech, behavior, and clothing, and he has yet to develop defenses against the loose men and women of any sexual orientation who easily take advantage of him. Just when Wladek starts to garner respect, strength, and some savvy insights, his mother shows up to see how he is doing. This semi-autobiographical account by director Franciszek Trzeciak is the kind of straightforward satire on life in the entertainment business that strikes a cord with anyone who can remember the pains of growing up.
coming-of-age, director, discrimination, peasant