(Agnieszka Holland, 1981).
Agnieszka Holland’s strongest film, produced for Polish TV, is a
stunning evocation of ignorance, superstition, poverty, and disorder
that attacks virtually every institution in (then Communist) Poland. A
meek, middle-aged mail carrier who lives with her son in a miserable
shack by the railroad tracks orchestrates an escape of transcendent
futility. This sardonic, ballad-like tale is steeped in a humor so
corrosive that, had Holland bottled it, it could have dissolved the
state apparatus over night.
Sun., Dec. 28, 2 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., 2008