Silent Night (2017)


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Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a few years of working abroad. No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit.

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Silent Night Movie Reviews

Who did not grow up in Poland will never truly understand this movie.

@deloudelouvain Who did not grow up in Poland will never truly understand and feel this movie. Especially an American person who has no idea how it feels to be a work immigrant in another country when people treat you as a 2nd grade person, how it feels to leave your family behind or how it feels for families to be alone.

Not exactly a holly jolly Christmas

The Polish film Cicha noc (2017) was shown in the U.S. with the translated title Silent Night. It was written and directed by Piotr Domalewski.

The movie takes place in a single day–Christmas Eve in a rural Polish region. Dawid Ogrodnik portrays Adam, a young man returning from Holland to have Christmas with his family and his pregnant fiancee, Asia. During the entire film, Adam is talking to Asia on the telephone, promising to be with her soon. This in itself lends an edginess to to the movie. Ogrodnik is a good actor, and does well in his role as protagonist.

Adam’s family is almost completely dysfunctional. During the day we witness alcoholism, spouse abuse, and violence. Then things get worse.

The opening and closing scenes both show us Adam riding a bus–to home and from home. The plot is what happens in between those bus rides.

The acting is excellent throughout–especially by Tomasz Zietek, who portrays Adam’s younger brother Pawel; Agnieszka Suchora who plays Teresa, Adam’s mother; and Arkadiusz Jakubik, Adam’s father.

I have yet to see a Polish narrative film that wasn’t grim. Silent Night is no exception. It’s a very powerful movie, with a solid IMDb rating of 7.2. I think it’s even better than that. However, I don’t think there was even one frame in the film that would bring laughter. We saw the movie on the large screen at Rochester’s excellent Little Theatre. It was shown as part of the outstanding Rochester Polish Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen as well.

Fair warning: This isn’t a movie for a first date, and it certainly won’t replace Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

Very Much Within a Sub-genre of Polish Celebration Films

Polish cinema has a history of films based around the family shenanigans that occur during Christmas, or weddings, or other major anniversaries and celebrations. Pitor Domalewski’s feature sits comfortably within this tradition, neither breaking and blurring the boundaries of the form, nor sinking like a stone. It is first and foremost a drama, but like so many of these films, a little knowledge of Polish culture and traditions would key the viewer in to an undercurrent of rather aggressively dark comedy (a film like Smarzowski’s WESELE, does this most explicitly).

Dawid Ogrodnik and Tomasz Zietek star as siblings in a rural Polish family, that has made a habit of burying as many secrets as they have stolen Christmas trees from the neighbouring forest. Ogrodnik’s character has returned from Holland where he has been trying to start a new life with his pregnant partner. To do this he needs to sell their grandfather’s property, so that he can put this capital into a new business venture, or at least this is what he tells his mother, father, sister and brother – nothing is quite as it seems.

There is a brilliant ensemble cast at work here, with the always watchable Arkadiusz Jakubik as their broken father, a man who is weighed down with the guilt of having been an absent and failed father figure. Agnieszka Suchora is the put-upon matriarch, who for better or worse, has kept her family together, even if it seems to have done very little for the health and happiness of any of its members.

Domalewski keeps things murkily mysterious at first, keeping the audience guessing as to just how far the rot has gone in this family. Yet as the vodka begins to flow a little more freely the film lurches into full-on melodrama, with some surprising revelations and some clunkily executed metaphors and motifs (especially surrounding Poland’s relationship to the rest of Europe). Everything is well made, but for keen watchers of Polish cinema it will feel a little uninspiring, especially considering the talent that is on display. I am pretty certain that Ogrodnik’s passages in English are going to be a calling card for more international roles for this exciting young actor.