Tuesday, 17 September 2013

A review: Nieulotne [2013 Poland, Spain]

Jacek Borcuch's spaced out romantic drama, "Nieulotne" [Eng. Title: Lasting], a Polish-Spanish co-production, is about two young people meeting and falling in love, and having their relationship tested during a crisis.

Michal (Jakub Gierszal) and Karina (Magdalena Berus), two Polish students working in Spain during their summer break, meet and fall in love. Michal also enjoys diving, and spends some of his spare time in lakes around the farm. During a visit, he has an altercation with a local guy and in a fit of rage, kills him. Repenting immediately afterwards, he tries to revive him, but to no avail. A distraught Michal doesn't tell this to anyone, and returns to Poland. After Karina also returns from Spain, they'll both have something important to tell when they see each other. But after listening to Michal's incident, Karina runs away in shock, never wanting to speak to him again. Both struggle to come to terms with the tragedy and the loss of innocence, but they nevertheless need to confront issues and get their priorities straight in order to move on...

The film boasts some appealing outdoor cinematography, particularly in the scenes set in Spain, and also has a decent sound design with a catchy soundtrack. The direction is pretty good, even if the pace would have probably suited a story involving a slightly older couple. The lead actors have chemistry and perform well, and are helped along with some thoughtful editing. Recommended Viewing..!

eBay DVD Link [PAL]


The Nudity: Magdalena Berus and Jakub Gierszal
There are two sex scenes involving nudity, mostly of Magdalena Berus, while Jakub Gierszal also briefly appears nude in a separate scene. They're both beautiful but I couldn't help feeling that together, they resemble siblings rather than lovers, and that's despite the obvious chemistry.

Magdalena Berus and Jakub Gierszal nude in Nieulotne


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