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I Like Bats

(Lubie nietoperze)

1985, regia di Grzegorz Warchol


Scheda: Nazione: Polonia - Produzione: Zespol Filmowy "Perspektywa" - Distribuzione: Facets Multimedia Distribution - Soggetto: Grzegorz Warchol, Krystyna Kofta - Sceneggiatura: Grzegorz Warchol, Krystyna Kofta - Fotografia: Krzysztof Pakulski - Musiche: Zbigniew Preisner - Formato: Color - Durata: 90'.

Cast: Katarzyna Walter, Marek Barbasiewicz, Malgorzata Lorentowicz, Jonasz Kofta, Edwin Petrykat, Jan Prochyra, Andrzej Grabarczyk, Wiktor Grotowicz, Elzbieta Panas, Slawomir Kozlowski, Tadeusz Skorulski, Andrzej Mrozek, Eliasz Kuziemski.






Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - - - «This 1986 Polish film, entitled Lubie Nietoperze domestically, is somewhat of an odd duck of a film. It comes across as an allegorical film as much as anything. We shall examine the allegory later. It was filled with a rogue’s gallery of weird and wonderful characters and yet it just didn’t seem to gel together as a cohesive whole. Indeed the characters I mention were left frustratingly two-dimensional. It begins with a bat. Not a crap bat, I should add, but an actual bat. Then we cut to a little curio-shop, and specifically the flat above it. Izabela (Katarzyna Walter) is there with her aunt (Malgorzata Lorentowicz) and the conversation concerns a portrait. The aunt suggests that the fact it fell from the wall is a sign that the man in the portrait wants Izabela to marry. Izabela is dismissive and puts the portrait on a rocking chair. As she leaves the room, the chair rocks on its own causing the portrait to fall again, smashing the glass. A man enters the shop and goes up to see the Aunt. He sells practical jokes and is annoyingly gregarious in his humours. Later a man called Marceli (Edwin Petrykat) comes in with the news that there has been a murder of a woman, strangled by a belt and subjected to a sexual attack. He says that it is the seventh such an attack and suggests that he should walk Izabela home. The Aunt concurs but Izabela does not. In the next scene we see the sex offender and it is drawn in such a way that we believe he is after Izabela – this does not seem to be the case at this point. In the scenes with Izabela we see her feeding and handling bats. However the next night the man does grab Izabela, he seems to be strangling her as he tells her to kiss him but she responds, kissing him, switching their positions until she is on top. The scene fades and then we see him with bats on his face, which fly as she approaches the body. We see her placing his coat into a furnace. A man, Professor Rudolph Jung (Marek Barbasiewicz), enters the store. Izabela has just completed making a tea service with a bat motif, which her Aunt dislikes, but he is fascinated by it. She seems drawn to him and offers to show him examples of her work at her home – he declines, he is only in town a day – but he does buy the service. We then see him eating in a bar when a drunken Marceli pours his heart out. Next a prostitute approached Jung, but he rejects her – intimating he is gay. The prostitute sits next to Marceli but picks up another man – a traveling salesman. She goes off with him and he drives her into the country. She kisses him and then bites him. When she leaves the vehicle she pushes it, it goes over a crest of a hill and, out of our view, explodes. She removes a wig and we realise she is Izabela. That night Marceli breaks in and tries to rape her but stops when she screams. She goes to his home, dressed as the prostitute, reveals herself and attacks him. ... The film is fairly surreal and is interesting, if nothing else».


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