This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
In light of the current discourses surrounding prison abolition and transformative justice, this film was a phenomenally emotive and visceral experience. The dull atmosphere made me think it'd be a basic soviet realist film. Then we're suddenly presented with the complexities of humanity, agency, justice and trauma, all in 1 hour 22 minutes. The initial binary of a "good lawyer" and a "bad delinquent man", reinforced when we're graphically shown Jacek killing someone, is immediately problematised when we're given minimal…
A thrilling, genre-blending meditation on love, justice, political corruption and vengeance, with one of the best, most stupefying film endings I've ever seen. There were some utterly incredible scenes here, like a particularly tense scene in the elevator and a handheld long take during a football match. Can't wait to re-watch this but I know I'll be thinking about it for a longgg time