Time to Die
Filmfest 2008

"Determined to live on her own terms, a feisty nonagenarian designs some mischief in Polish helmer Dorota Kedzierzawska's highly aestheticized Time to Die. Created as a showcase for extraordinary 91-year-old thesp Danuta Szaflarska, and for the luminous black-and-white lensing of multihyphenate Arhur Reinhart, the pic is a leisurely paced, impressionistic rendering of the quotidian routine of an elderly woman and her canine companion, set in a crumbling villa where memories of the past frequently pervade the present. From the first view of Aniela telling off a doctor, it's apparent she's no one to trifle with. When nouveau-riche neighbours, aided by her cold-hearted son, conspire to gain her property, she finds a way to outsmart them. Chief among pic's many visual pleasures is Szaflarskla's remarkable performance. An actress of intelligence, grace and beauty, who looks at least two decades younger, she's ably supported by Reinhart's gorgeous, baroquely detailed camera work and Polish cinema's best-trained, most photogenic dog." Variety

tags: Feature film

Cast: Danuta Szaflarska, Krysztof Globisz, Kamil Bitau, Patrycja Szewczyk

Credits

Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska