Tower. A Bright Day

Mysterious and mystical family drama makes for an uneasy but rewarding viewing experience.

Screenings

Director | Jagoda Szelc 

Poland | 2017 

106 minutes 

IMDB

With | Małgorzata Szczerbowska, Anna Krotoska, Dorota Łukasiewicz-Kwietniewska

Language | Polish

Subtitles | English

Tower. A Bright Day

The estranged Kaja visits her sister Mula’s remote household in the Kłodzko Valley’s woods to attend Mula's daughter Nina's holy communion. Following their arrival, bizarre events start to multiply. The sisters' mother miraculously recovers from Alzheimer’s, some migrants disappear in the woods and a local priest forgets his prayers. Mysterious and mystical family drama makes for an uneasy but rewarding viewing experience.

In her debut film Polish director Jagoda Szelc reveals great talent and understanding of suspenseful means of expression. At the same time the naturalistic acting by the strong Polish cast and handheld camera work give the film a deceptive sense of realism on the surface. Digging deeper one could detect some similarities with the eco-metaphysical worldview of Peter Weir's early films like Picnic at Hanging Rock, although Tower. A Bright Day, like its title, is its own beast.

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