In a Bedroom in competition at TIFF
by Boyd van Hoeij
- The debut feature of Tomasz Wasilewski was presented in competition at the Transylvania Film Festival, currently under way
The film is still making the festival rounds while Wasilewski's follow-up, Floating Skyscrapers [+see also:
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Wasilewski's debut focuses on 40-year-old Edyta (Katarzyna Herman), who seems to be penniless and homeless, and who has a rather unusual way of survival: she poses as a call girl on the internet and then drugs her male clients before they get to do the act so Edyta can use their bathroom to take a shower, help herself to their fridge for some food and nap in their beds.
The first part of the film almost silently shows these events repeated over and over until Edyta meets a client, the photographer Patryk (Tomek Tyndyk), who realizes Edyta is not at all the age she described on the internet, making her want to leave in a hurry. Unfortunately, this has the effect of making her come back to him since she forgets to take her purse with her car keys and het car is the only real home she has.
The uneasy and unusual relationship Patryk and Edyta slowly blooms into something neither of them expected, and it's here that the film finally starts to uncover the apparently emotionless façade of Edyta and a bigger understanding of her as a person develops. It is thanks to the terrific acting of the statuesque, tough-edged Herman and her chemistry with Tyndyk that the film distinguishes itself, while Wasilewski shows a real flair for slowly unraveling a story that's unusual but also insightful and finally, touching.
The film was produced by IQ ART Film, who also handle sales. Outpost One Entertainment co-produced.
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