Although there are a few sexy parts in this movie, it probab
Richard J. Brzostek | New England, USA | 06/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With a title like "Pornografia" one probably gets a lot of preconceived ideas what the movie is about. Although there are a few sexy parts in this movie, it probably isn't what one thought it would be about. It is a movie (based on a book) about two guys, Fryderyk and Witold, during the war.
The movie takes place during World War II but is not about the war. Although times of war are not normal by any means, life went on during them. People lived as normal of a life as they could and this movie, to some extent, captures that.
Fryderyk and Witold leave behind the artsy crowd of intellectuals in Warsaw they normally hang out with to visit a friend in the country. There, they meet his pretty young daughter and take a liking to her. They make a wager among themselves that they can have her become interested in Karol, the hired young man who helps tend the farm. It isn't an easy task as she has a fiancée but that only makes it more interesting for them.
I have to admit I really like Jan Jakub Kolski's films. Although "Pornografia" is a bit different than Kolski's other films, it does have a few things in common with his other work. It has close up scenes of nature (animals or insects) and his wife plays a leading role. They also have a quality to them that can only be described as beautiful.
What makes the film captivating is its play on the senses in this psychological drama. On the one hand, the film is artistic and beautiful, and on the other, it is almost mystical. Together, they provide a truly extraordinary cinematographic experience. "Pornografia" is dramatic and at times emotional, but always filled with an intangible mysterious flair.
Beautiful Music, Seductive Teens
Michael Kerjman | 07/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Second World War, Poland.
A beautiful music makes a brotherhood story of two middle-aged intellectuals defected a visual horror of Nazi-occupied Warsaw to a country-side more easy to watch as their sexual desires towards underage farm girls explicit also depicted in limbo.
Different mentality and boarders of cultural permissiveness keep a run of this story a bit misunderstood even for not following grey translation of dialogues provided in too small shrift.
A classic East European drama with food for thoughts while watching murdering, seductive teen girls and underage intercourse-and no porno at all!