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Deep Love

2013 DOK Leipzig, Young Cinema Competition
Poland | 2013 | 90 min. | Polish | English subtitles | International Premiere
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A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. And if he’s got to go down 100 metres, 98 metres will just not do. Janusz is the embodiment of the type of man who must run his head against a wall to live his passion, even at the risk of death. Even a stroke three years ago does not prevent him from preparing for the next challenge. On the contrary, he and his diving partner are toying with the dangerous idea that he might be able to return to his old life underwater: getting back control of his body mechanics and language. This alone might be enough for the story of an incorrigible extreme athlete. But the real drama is not enacted by Janusz, but by his girlfriend Joanna. As a diving therapist she understands, as a girlfriend she is afraid for him. She fights him for every metre of depth. It is a desperate struggle for responsibility, moderation, a love that can be lived. This film could be viewed from many angles. You could see Janusz as a typical male adventurer, or an egotist – or as someone who has become a projection surface for the people around him because he cannot express his thoughts any more. Maybe it’s not him, but the group of experts around him who want to prove something. Only one thing becomes increasingly clear: the whole burden is left to be carried by the women. Where are their limits?

Lars Meyer
Original Title: Deep Love
Country: Poland
Year: 2013
Language: Polish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Jan P. Matuszyński
Producer: Marta Łachacz (Cor Leonis Production), Anna Wydra (Otter Films)
Cinematographer: Kacper Fertacz
Editor: Przemysław Chruścielewski
Music: Atanas Valkov
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk, Franciszek Kozłowski
Script: Jan P. Matuszyński
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