Monday, October 6, 2014

Big Love: For Polish Cinema ‘Punk is not Dead’

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo    

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

This nonlinear romance/crime story starts with a girl singing in a nightclub when a gunshot goes off. The police investigate.

Boy meets girl. She is a high school dropout with big dreams of attending the conservatory. A Jimmy Hendricks T-shirt tells 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 has become his life obsessively.

Big Love © The 15th Annual Polish Film Festival

“Big Love” flows seamlessly, 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, and the intense sex scenes are beautifully shot, making the story look more natural and exciting.

Big Love © The 15th Annual Polish Film Festival

The fantastic soundtrack tells 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 of “Poem 20” by the Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda “Love is so 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 beautiful performances of Aleksandra Hamkalo and Antoni Pawlicki (“Papusza,” “Lullaby”), is the well-told story of unconventional, mad, toxic, and crazy Love, as the theme song of the movie, that says: “Only Death is the Cure for Love.”


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