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Any good Polish films to watch?

pgtx 30 | 3,156
26 May 2010 #61
I found one film I enjoyed. Actually two (over the last two years).

that's a great movie... i liked it...
George8600 10 | 636
31 May 2010 #62
Oh what a nice topic to bring up. I myself am more into modern Polish films since that's what my library mostly offers for rental in the foreign section. It is nice though and a detailed collection.

Here they are:



Da Vinci


Jeszcze tylko ten las (English: Just Beyond This Forest)

The Peasants

Komornik (English: Debt Collector)

Seksmisja (Worst movie ever!)

Knife In The Water (Roman Polanski's first and only Polish film)

Pan Tadeusz

Trzeci (Good movie!)

I also have this website:

But it's more or less a festival with indie films that aren't widely available...but I think those are the best!

If you like other foreign films I recommend the Cannes website, they have every film listed that has ever been screened there.

Enjoy ^_^
1jola 14 | 1,879
31 May 2010 #63
A recent decent film set in the commie times:

Dom Zły - (The Evil House)
nincompoop_not 2 | 192
31 May 2010 #64
a bit off topic but

I like Polish films, but with age I find them too depressing/intellectual/contemplative or plain stupid (comedies)
Is it me? or some kind of tendency?
I liked Sztuczki (Tricks)
But something-I-can't-remember-the-title-but-so-called-gangster-comedy nearly killed me with boredom (and stupidity)

I'd say - go back to to school and start making films like Vabank
(worth watching - Polish version of The Sting I think)
1jola 14 | 1,879
31 May 2010 #65
I liked Sztuczki (Tricks)

From the same director you might like Zmruż Oczy. Very good film.
noreenb 7 | 557
1 Jun 2010 #66
"Brzezina" - "A birchwood forest" (director: Andrzej Wajda)

"Panny z Wilka" ("The Maidens of Wilko") -nominated in 1980 to an Oscar
(cooperation of Polish and French production)

"Biała sukienka". I liked "A white dress" very much A light story about Polish catholic mentality but presented with a great sense of humour and distance.
NorthMancPolak 4 | 648
15 Jul 2012 #67

omg I couldn't stop laughing during this film. Like many Polish films, it starts a bit dull/confused... then something happens which turns the film around immediately. In this case, it's the scene where they're weighing the returning Poles at the border. One has lost weight, and is told off - because if everyone went abroad and lost weight, there wouldn't be enough Poles left, and the country needs Poles haha. You have to watch it to really get it :)

Another good one is "Trzy minuty. 21:37". Nothing funny about this one, but it needs to be watched a second time to really get it. Not easy to watch at times (you won't want to be admitted to a Polish hospital after watching this, lol), and probably the best Polish film since "Plac Zbawiciela", in my humble but clearly non-expert opinion ;)
catsoldier 62 | 595
16 Jul 2012 #68
This is supposed to be a good film but I haven't seen it:

pointtis - | 4
18 Jul 2012 #69
I have watched couple times this forum, and now I noticed this thread. Here is lots of movie names that I have to try to find and watch. Here in Finland I think that I don't find these from normal stores.
iwona 12 | 542
18 Jul 2012 #70
There is quite good internet shop : - where you can order some dvd's.
Strzelec35 36 | 959
27 Apr 2022 #71

Cracow monsters on Netflix

Guys, check this show out. not sure if you have a vpn you could tap into polish netflix from check out cracow monsters. the beginning of the show displays a polish club or bar scene that shows how untrustworthy people in Poland are or hard to meet people here at first at least. like the chick in the scene in the beginning goes up to a guy and says something and her first response is you drink like a medical student than she breaks the ice. basically it seems you gotta be very witty and have a very good first response to be accepted by new groups of people particularly in such a setting.
amiga500 3 | 1,299
27 Apr 2022 #72
cheers i do like my modern polish series, though hbo europe and canal+ produce polish tv series that are generally more higher quality and 'art' , rather than netflix, which is he mcdonalds of television.

by new groups of people particularly in such a setting.

Yes that is that is polish culture which is a product of communist times, don't trust strangers, especially ones that are being friendly.
Lyzko 41 | 8,871
27 Apr 2022 #73
"Popiol i Diamenty", "Kanal", and of course, "Noz w wodzie" still rank in my estimation as the all-time greatest Polish films, from both a social as well as an artistic/aesthetic point of view!
mafketis 35 | 11,551
27 Apr 2022 #74
"Popiol i Diamenty", "Kanal", and of course, "Noz w wodzie"

first two yes, third..... no. It's.... okay.... but no more.
Lyzko 41 | 8,871
27 Apr 2022 #75
How come, Maf?
At least I found the dynamic tension nearly unbearable and the young fellow who played the hitchhiker was some fine actor, don't you think?
Alien 13 | 3,052
27 Apr 2022 #76
'Noz w wodzie' - black/white, first film of Roman Polanski, then he emigratet from Poland.
Lyzko 41 | 8,871
27 Apr 2022 #77
But not the first of his early shorts, I believe. I maybe wrong about that.
The scenes though aboard the boat are riveting and when I saw it for the first time without subtitles quite a while back, I found I could understand almost completely without having to translate into German:-)

Zygmunt Baranowicz was the hitchhiker, if I remember correctly.
amiga500 3 | 1,299
23 Sep 2022 #78
Fmovies finally has a polish section, some of the classics and new stuff is here :)
film balknonowy looks like a novel experiment
mafketis 35 | 11,551
23 Sep 2022 #79
I found the dynamic tension nearly unbearable

Nóż w wodzie" had some interesting parts but it didn't add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Compare Ida, meant to be a minor tv movie but it was very much more than the sum of its parts (a hint to understanding it, the protagonist isn't Ida at all, but her aunt, everything that happens after her story is over is denouement -f tying up loose ends.
Lyzko 41 | 8,871
23 Sep 2022 #80
Don't forget though, "Noz w wodzie" is a product of the '60's, therefore, it had almost a sort of experimental, hand-held camera feel to it.
23 May 2023 #81
I can recommend this film, Johnny, which I watched a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed it.

It's based on the true story of career criminal Patryk Galewski who is sent by court order to Puck Hospice run by Father Jan Kaczkowski. I don't want to give away too much or I'll spoil it for those who might want to see it, but the experience changes both of their lives.

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