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Michal Rosa's creepy 2001 Polish feature focuses on a railroad engineer who's been obsessed with a young woman for 20 years, since the day he inadvertently caused the death of her parents. Now grown, she sells cosmetics by day and parties by night, but her life is empty, and like the engineer she craves redemption. Krzysztof Piesiewicz's screenplay entwines the characters' stories to consider memory, mourning, and mortality, their existential crises made all the more somber by Arkadiusz Tomiak's shadowy cinematography. This descent into darkness isn't for the fainthearted, yet as Rosa makes clear without evoking any specific religion, spiritual rewards await those who make the trip. In Polish with subtitles. 93 min.

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