Movie tips: “Controlled Conversations”

In Polish Movie Reviews

The Lodz Post suggests it’s readers movies either from Poland or movies which are set in Poland. In this week’s edition, we look at “Controlled Conversations”, a comedy that goes back to the days of Martial Law in Poland.

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This very black comedy finds humor in what was otherwise a terrifying time: the outbreak of Martial Law in Poland in 1981. Starring Stanisław Tym as Ryszard, a gullible and mildly corrupt government functionary, and Krzysztof Kowalewski as Colonel Zygmunt Molibden, a member of the Polish secret police, Controlled Conversations is a brilliantly funny but extremely hermetic (for non-Poles) examination of the rise of an accidental hero.

“Controlled Conversations – Rozmowy Kontrolowane” is the sequel to the much-loved film “Mis,” which poked fun of life in Communist Poland in the 1970s. It is made 10 years after “Mis” (1981), but the sequel shows us the mishaps of our hero Ryszard Ochodzki in 1981.

Stanislaw Tym plays the role of Ochodzki again and brings us just as many laughs as he did the first time. This time, Ryszard gets himself in a mess between the Communists and the Solidarity movement. He is pressured by a Communist to join the Solidarity movement, and with a few mix-ups, he ends up being an outlaw Solidarity hero. He unintentionally destroys a Russian tank and ends up being sought after by both the Police and military.

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