A Woman’s Business

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  • Description
  • Cast and crew
  • Duration: 56’
  • Genre: DRAMA
  • Resolution: SD
  • Year: 1996

Zofia, Anna and Dorota are good old friends. Zofia is a living-alone single lady in her forties and she visits her friend Dorota, who rents a villa out of town. Anna is a doctor and she is also supposed to turn up. In the past, these three women used to cooperate with the "Solidarity" movement and now they meet from time to time to gossip and reminisce about the old times. This time Anna brings with her some visitors who are a young and happy married couple and for whom the memories of the middle-aged ladies sound distant and somewhat ridiculous. When looking at these young people, Zofia realizes that by engaging in the political activities she has wasted her private life. The TV is on and in one of the programs Ms Łukowska is being interviewed; she used to be a party activist and is now the businesswoman of the year. In the past she contributed to the seizing of Zofia's passport as her boyfriend stayed abroad. As a result of being apart, Zofia’s relationship ended. After some time Dorota and Anna, who saw the grief of Zofia, invite Ms Łukowska to the villa. The ladies plan peer tribunal and they want to bring Ms Łukowska to justice. On this occasion, they discover the passions and existence of which they probably have not been aware. 

Krzysztof Zanussi is considered to be one of the greatest Polish film directors. His movies are always unique, original and above all filled with shrewd observation and reflection. The director focuses on morality, psychology and human inner lives. As an acknowledged filmmaker he performs multiple functions: works as a lecturer in Łódź Film School and National Film School in Great Britain, he is also a member of the Cinematography Committee and Felix Awards Committee, prepares theatrical performances and has written a few books on filmmaking. His Weekend Stories are works about individuals facing moral dilemmas. A binding feature of the eight stories is their duration of one weekend. The series includes the following titles: A Woman’s BusinessDeceptive CharmLittle FaithThe Dilatory LineThe Soul SingsUnwritten LawsThe Last CircleHidden Treasures.

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