The Spiral 1978
Mesmerizing and deeply affecting, Polish writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi’s Spirala so closely attends to a single character that it evolves into a spiritual as well as psychological portrait of the young man. Tomasz Piatek, although he hasn’t booked a room, enters a ski resort. He behaves enigmatically, accosting other guests with rude, personal remarks and interrupting their conversations. One such encounter finds him calling a pregnant stranger “selfish” because she hadn’t asked the child she is carrying whether it desires birth. We later learn that Tomasz is dying from illness, that his visit to the resort is part of his suicidal plan. His attempt to die amidst the snowy slopes, however, is foiled by an official, expensive effort to rescue him by helicopter. The second half of the film finds his life waning, after a year, at a hospital.

BD25 | 1080i AVC | 01:23:59 | 20.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Cast: Jan Nowicki, Maja Komorowska, Zofia Kucowna
Country: Poland