Monday, October 6, 2014

“Big Love” For Polish Cinema ‘Punk is not Dead’

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo    

Big Love © The 15th Annual Polish Film Festival

“Big Love” is a fierce, strident, and a very sexy “Tour De Force” love story.

This nonlinear romance/crime story starts with a girl singing in a nightclub. A gunshot is heard. Police investigate.

Boy meets girl. She is a high school dropout with big dreams of going to the conservatory. A Jimmy Hendricks T-shirt tell us music is her passion. Her mother is a famous actress touring around the world. He is a young, tough guy that works in a lab, he used to drive for a band, but now the girl becomes his life obsessively.

“Big Love” flows seamless, in every scene a new element enriching the story: a dog, a butterfly, a gun, a dream, and sex, lots of sex. The transitions between past and present are perfect. The intense sex scenes are beautifully shot making the story look even more natural and exciting to watch.

The amazing soundtrack is telling us that “punk is not dead” as some other great contemporary works about other “neo-punk” bands on the big screen such as: “We Are the Best” from Sweden/Denmark and “Somos Mary Pepa” from Mexico.
"We Are the Best" ©AFI FEST 2013.
"Somos Mari Pepa" ©Hola Mexico Film Festival 2014.
“Big Love” and “(500) Days of Summer” as well, remind us what the Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda wrote on his famous "Poem 20," “Love is brief: forgetting lasts so long.”

What makes “Big Love” such a good movie, besides its excellent craft by a first time filmmaker Barbara Bialowas and the wonderful performances of Aleksandra Hamkalo and Antoni Pawlicki (“Papusza”, “Lullaby”) is the well-told story of an unconventional, mad, toxic, and crazy love, as the main theme song says: “Only Death is the Cure for Love.”

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You can check out "Big Love" at the 15th Annual Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles @ Laemmle’s Royal Theater, Santa Monica will show on:

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