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Spoor

Is this an activist film? How does this film fit in director Agnieszka Holland's oeuvre? Does magical realism work in a crime drama? Tune in to this week's show to get answers to these questions and more.

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"There's no free will in nature – just pheromones and hormones."

When Agnieszka Holland described her film Spoor at the New York Film Festival, she said it was, “an anarchistic, feminist, ecological crime story with elements of black comedy and magic realism.” That statement, paired with comments from a correspondent at Poland’s state media outlet, calling the film “a pagan film promoting ecoterrorism,” speaks exactly to what likely drew Holland to the original source material. It’s not a story that is easily definable by Hollywood’s genre boxes. But how well does that work in telling a film and trying to find distribution? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our series on director Agnieszka Holland with her 2017 film she co-directed with her daughter Kasia Adamik, Spoor.

We talk about our struggles with the film but also why it worked for us largely. We look at the nature of the story and the views Holland is pushing in society, like young vs. old, man vs. nature, and more. We debate the ending and its magic realism feel, even with a plot device to get us there that’s frustrating. We chat about animal violence in film, how we feel about it, and how they accomplished it here. We look at the gorgeous cinematography and score and how well they work here. And we touch on the brilliant performance of Agnieszka Mandat in the lead role, paired with Wiktor Zborowski and Miroslav Krobot, and how much we love what these older actors bring to the story.

It’s a film that likely will be a challenge for a lot of people, but one that works for us, despite some frustrations. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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