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|The Underneath A Sensual Obsession|
Actors: Tomasz Karolak, Marek Gajczak, Zbignew Viktor Kaleta, Magdalena Boczarska, Beata Kozikowska
Directors: Marek Gajczak, Marka Gajczaka
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
When Piotr agrees to join his wife, Iza, for a weekend get away at her ex-boyfriend, Michal?s, country house he knows it could prove to be an uncomfortable stay. Michal is the owner of a fast growing advertising agency. At... more »
A story of temptation or perhaps obsession
Richard J. Brzostek | New England, USA | 12/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Underneath" (Pod Powierzchnia) is a story of temptation or perhaps obsession. Interestingly enough, most of the film has only four actors. It takes a little bit of time to figure out what is going on but figuring it out is all part of the suspense. What distinguishes this thriller is that it is a fairly erotic movie.
Piotr and his girlfriend Iza go visit their friend who has a house at a secluded lake. His friend Michael is Iza's ex-boyfriend and they aren't on the best of terms. Michael's girlfriend Ania has her eye on Piotr. Piotr becomes fascinated and obsessed with Ania at first sight. Not too surprising, there is a strange tension between the four and you will have no idea where the story will go. Learning about their history also keeps you on edge and helps explain their actions. There is a lot of mystery to unravel about the four and their past.
A lot of the scenes take place on the lakefront and much of the symbolism has to do with the lake. The symbolism has to do with the reflections the water makes and what lies underneath its surface. The lake senses are often on the sensual side because Ania is a bit of an exhibitionist and swims naked. Piotr is practically hypnotized by her body and to say it distracts him may be an understatement.
There is freshness to "The Underneath" as it is the product of those just starting their film careers. It is Marek Gajczak's directorial debut and although the actors in this movie do have some experience (mostly in the last decade), they are not too well known. Like a good Polish film, "The Underneath" is hard to predict and I really think the title fits it well.