With a screenplay based on Zygmunt Miłoszewski's award winning detective novel, the movie portrays a seemingly routine investigation that turns into a fascinating intellectual game.
The story builds around a Kraków public prosecutor in his thirties, who comes to unravel the mysterious death of a participant of the unconventional Hellinger group therapy session. During the course of family group therapy, the patients and therapist search for the family links of one of the patients. The others begin to behave - or rather to experience emotions - like members of his family. According to Hellinger, they not only inherit the physical characteristics of their ancestors, but their emotions: fear and frustration of former generations put a shadow on the behavior of today's generation. Once these emotions are revealed in treatment, you can get rid of them - all that is needed is for the therapist to utter a key phrase at the right moment.
Zygmunt Miłoszewski's novel Uwikłanie / Entanglement was the best Polish detective novel of 2007, awarded the Grand Prize at the Crime-Fiction Festival in Kraków. While its detective plot is based on mystery, its strength lies with the dramatic storytelling and the emphasis on emotions. Bromski moved the action from Warsaw to Kraków and transferred the story to a contemporary setting. Jacek Bromski comments on his artistic choices in a statement for Culture.pl
When (producer) Juliusz Machulski suggested I read Miłoszewski's novel he asked me to imagine a female prosecutor. A different relationship between the prosecutor and police officer is immediately created. And this in turn changes the whole film reality around the crime, leads to a different emphasis and a conclusion which is different than in the novel.
Considered a rare film in the context of Polish cinema, a carefully detailed film in terms of technique, showing intriguing photographs of Kraków, critic have commented that Jacek Bromski "opened the door for Polish cinema to a genre that today is called 'action cinema'".
- Entanglement / Uwikłanie, Poland 2011. Director: Jacek Bromski, screenplay based on a novel by Zygmunt Miłoszewski: Jacek Bromski, Juliusz Machulski, Director of Photography: Marcin Koszałka, Aerial photography: Bogdan Dziworski, Music: Ludek Drizhal, Set design: Ryszard Melliwa, Costumes: Barbara Łagowska, Editing: Krzysztof Szpetmański, Sound: Jan Freda. Starring: Maja Ostaszewska (prosecutor Agata Szacka), Marek Bukowski (police officer Smolar), Danuta Stenka (Telakowa), Olgierd Łukaszewicz (Rudzki), Krzysztof Globisz (Henryk Telak), Andrzej Seweryn (Witold), Krzysztof Pieczyński (Igor), Krzysztof Stroiński (Wenzel), Piotr Adamczyk (Antoni). Production: Studio Filmowe Zebra - Krakowskie Biuro Filmowe - Canal+ Polska. Cofinanced by: Regionalny Fundusz Filmowy (Kraków) - Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej. Distribution: ITI Cinema. Running time: 128 min. In cinemas June 3, 2011.
Author: Konrad J. Zarębski, May 2011, edited by Marta Jazowska August 2012