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ccFloating Skyscrapers (2013)
Plynace wiezowce (original title)

 

 

Director: Tomasz Wasilewski
Writer: Tomasz Wasilewski
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Language: Polish
Duration: 93 min
Year: 2013

 

 

Stars: Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner, Katarzyna Herman, Mariusz Drezek

 

 

Priča o momku koji otkriva sopstvenu homoseksualnost zaljubljujući se u najboljeg prijatelja dok se njegova dijevojka bori da ga zadrži.

1Tomasz Wasilewski nam kroz ovu filmsku priču otkriva i drugu stranu konzervativne katoličke Poljske. Kroz brojne vijesti o prebijanju gay osoba, pokušaja da se spriječe gej parade i djelovanja antigay organizacija koje se često povezuju sa neonacističkim idejama stiče se dojam o Poljskoj koja nije baš pogodna za život gay ljudi.
Uprkos tome kao i svugdje ljudi se susreću sa gay osobama i uče da žive jedni pored drugih. Razvijanje macho kulture ne rezultira manjim brojem gejeva već nasuprot tome većim brojem macho gejeva. Primjer tome je Kuba, mladi sortista koji živi sa djevojkom i kroz druženje sa Michaelom otkriva svoju homoseksualnu stranu, ne toliko kroz fizički dodir sa njim, već kroz emocionalnu vezu.

U ovoj priči vidjećemo kako se bez mnogo priće odvija unutrašnja borba koju Kuba vodi sam protiv sebe dok iz nje ne izađe sa čvrstom željom da voli i bude sa Michaelom.
Nasuprot svemu tome stoje majka i djevojka koja osjeća da Kuba odlazi iz njenog života.
Zasmetao mi je pomalo balkanski završetak ove priče, ali sve u svemu prepoznaćemo coming out koji je češći na konzervativnom balkanu nego u naprednijim evropskim zemljama.

Film me je podsjetio na jednog prijatelja koji bi nakon strastvenog seksa samnom osjećao stid da bi se jedva usudio da me pogleda. Nazvao bi curu na mob i otišao kod nje. Medjutim već za dva dana bi se vraćao kod mene sa željom da mu razvalim pičku i izjebem ga kao drolju.
Macho na ulici, pička u krevetu, ali na žalost i pička po karakteru.

Alissa Simon on VARYETY.COM

11In today’s conservative, predominantly Catholic Poland, an open homosexual relationship is more likely to trigger gay bashing than gay pride; so it is in Tomasz Wasilewski’s sophomore feature, the feel-bad coming-out drama “Floating Skyscrapers.” Although the lead character is something of a lout as well as an emotional and intellectual cipher, this artfully shot, sexually provocative feature nabbed the Karlovy Vary fest’s East of the West competish kudo and is making the festival rounds.

Buff, macho, bantam-sized, twentysomething Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) has been training as an elite swimmer for the past 15 years. He spends most of his time working out and having hot sex with his pretty blonde girlfriend, Sylwia (standout Marta Nieradkiewicz), who lives with him and his attractive, controlling mother, Ewa (Katarzyna Herman, star of Wasilewski’s first film, “In a Bedroom”). The relationship between the two women is tense, exacerbated by Sylwia’s inconsiderate behavior and Ewa’s calls for her son to rub her back while she’s in the bathtub.

7Otherwise, Kuba seems to have few responsibilities or interests, apart from being a dab hand in the kitchen and indulging in wordless sexual encounters with men in bathroom stalls at the gym. When Sylwia drags Kuba to an art opening, he ungraciously decamps to a balcony, where he shares a joint and a long conversation with effeminate-looking college student Michal (Bartosz Gelner). Glimpsing the two men from across the room, Sylwia glowers at the way they seem to be really into each other. She soon has a lot more to scowl about, as Kuba abandons her and their plans every time Michal calls.

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A subplot addresses Michal’s relationship with his parents. His mother (Iza Kuna) sympathizes with his sexual preference, yet still encourages him to date girls. His father (Miroslaw Zbrojewicz), however, plays deaf when Michal tries to come out publicly during a family dinner.

78One of the weaknesses of the film is that while Kuba convincingly comes across as a closeted, self-loathing gay man, his sudden declaration of love for Michal at the one-hour mark seems out of character. Indeed, their relationship is shown to revolve around physical desire; we never get to hear their conversations or find out what makes the not particularly likable Kuba tick.

As evidenced by his debut feature, Wasilewski is interested in provocative sexual behavior and has no problem getting his thesps to play intimate, graphic scenes. However, he’s less successful when it comes to creating appealing characters in which the audience can take a rooting interest. Nevertheless, “Skyscrapers” marks a big step up from the low-budget “Bedroom” and showcases the helmer’s flair for composition and intelligent use of sound.

Thesping is strong, with the actresses managing to suggest more about their characters than their male counterparts do with theirs. Eye-catching widescreen production design makes interesting use of water motifs, while sophisticated soundscapes leave some sexual activity to the imagination.

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Plynace wiezowce (2013)

  • Runtime:93 minutes

  • Actors: div align=”center” class=”imdbdiv-liees”>
    Kuba
    Mateusz Banasiuk
Sylwia
Marta Nieradkiewicz
Michal
Bartosz Gelner
Ewa, Kuba’s Mother
Katarzyna Herman
Monika
Olga Frycz
Krystyna, Michal’s Mother
Izabela Kuna
Jacek, Michal’s Father
Miroslaw Zbrojewicz
Coach
Mariusz Drezek
Ania
Katarzyna Maciag
Pawel
Michal Grzybowski

  • Also known as: Plynace wiezowce ((original title)), Ligne d’eau (France), Tiltott szerelem (Hungary), Płynące wieżowce (Poland), Floating Skyscrapers (World-wide (English title)),

  • Rating: (339 votes)

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