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Szansa (1979)

Jerzy Stuhr plays a high school teacher with a sensitive outlook on life and a soft spot for students who like art and literature as passionately as he does. His adversary is a possessed ... See full summary »

Director:

Feliks Falk

Writers:

Feliks Falk, Edward Klosinski (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Jerzy Stuhr ... History Teacher Zbigniew Ejmont
Krzysztof Zaleski ... PE Teacher Krzysztof Janota
Tomasz Zieciowski Tomasz Zieciowski ... Irek Stefanski
Elzbieta Karkoszka ... Ejmont's Wife Agata
Ewa Kolasinska ... PE Teacher Maryla Lipko
Slawa Kwasniewska ... Teacher Sawicka
Iwona Biernacka Iwona Biernacka ... Ewa
Andrzej Buszewicz ... School Headmaster Jacewicz
Jerzy Nowak ... Teacher Molda
Tadeusz Huk ... Tadek Matysiak
Boguslaw Sobczuk ... Manager Kos
Jerzy Fedorowicz ... Doctor
Feliks Szajnert Feliks Szajnert ... Podlesny
Zbigniew Szpecht Zbigniew Szpecht ... Nadolski
Jerzy Wasiuczynski Jerzy Wasiuczynski ... Cultural Centre Manager
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Jerzy Stuhr plays a high school teacher with a sensitive outlook on life and a soft spot for students who like art and literature as passionately as he does. His adversary is a possessed sports instructor, gaining growing control over the students and authorities. His methods are questionable and his influence dangerous, but the handball team's prospects look good and the school needs success... Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

18 February 1980 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Chance See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Well acted story of compensation syndrome
24 September 2005 | by fce2See all my reviews

Caught this one late night on TV yesterday, would have skipped it quick as I've already seen my share of clichéd, depressing dramas my country used to flood the market with during 70's and 80's - but the acting looked decent and tempted me to watch the whole thing. It was a good decision - the movie is typical for its times with it's bad lightning, unnormalized sound, ugly chain-smoking people and grim settings - but these factors turn out to be advantages as they combine with good script and remarkable acting to form a honest and realistic picture. Jerzy Stuhr never fails to deliver and is as usual a pleasure to watch as he strives to defend the values of culture and education while the school is being dominated by the sports coach, whose ambitions create a chance for a success in a tournament - but who seems to be using the team to win what he had lost. The movie well depicts the ways of gaining power in communist Poland and the struggle of people like Stuhr's character to do the right thing in such an environment.

Although overshadowed by many good polish movies from late 70's, it definitely stands out above the rest. Recommended for lovers of east-European cinema and locals alike.


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