The Center | Chicago Reader

The Center

Documentary filmmaker Stanislaw Mucha tramps through several European countries in search of Europe's precise geographical center. Like the site of a miracle, this elusive place is the subject of highly partisan disputes between dozens of small towns, each of which claims the coveted title. As Mucha's often comic and poignant interviews with various locals progress, the ever-shifting “center” develops into a metaphor for the feelings of displacement and bewilderment felt by many rural citizens of the European Union. At times the film's pacing is awkward and a bit slow, but it's a fascinating and troubling look at the people the “new Europe” is leaving behind. In German, Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Slovak with subtitles. 85 min.

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