Synopsis by Mark Deming
Jerzy Stuhr wrote, directed, and starred in this drama about a man sworn to uphold the law who applies a very different moral code to himself than he does to others. As Adam Borowski, Stuhr plays a government lawyer prosecuting a variety of cases, including smuggling, theft, child abandonment, and racially motivated assault. However, Adam's own life is hardly a model by which to live. He's overextended himself financially and is trying to figure out how to avoid paying the hospital bills for his terminally ill mother. Adam is married, but he's been having an affair for some time, and, while he breaks off his relationship with his mistress, he's easily tempted into other liaisons. His wife wants to adopt a handicapped child; Adam would prefer not to have another child in the house, and he uses his influence to slow up the paperwork. And in order to reduce his tax bill, Adam has involved himself in a charitable donation scheme of dubious legality. Amidst all this, Adam sings with a choral group scheduled to make a tour of the United Kingdom; one of his best friends from the group is slowly slipping into madness. Tydzien Z Zycia Mezczyzny was well-received when it was screened in competition at the 1999 Venice Film Festival.
lawyer, medical-expense, mother, terminal-illness, extramarital-affair, marital-problems, mistress, adoption, choir, mental-breakdown