A filmmaker on a
struggles to understand his philosopher father, who denies the
existence of God.
Can a philosopher save the world from
Can a son save his father's soul?
A California filmmaker keeps visiting his Warsaw based father, a Polish
philosopher, creator and self-styled prophet of Universalism, a theory
through which he attempts to save mankind from itself!
He attracts international supporters and critics triggering heated
debates on how to overcome the evil of the world. The son is torn
between his feelings toward the father and the criticism of his views.
Venice Beach, California, Niagara Falls, Krakow, Auschwitz, and the
September 11shock are the background for a struggle between the
mystical and rational, between believing in and denying God. Can the
struggle unite father and son?
Kuczynski, a Polish-American
filmmaker, has created a very nice film about contemporary philosophy.
Mixing personal documentary, as in Ross McElwee’s works
– “Sherman’s March,” now
“Bright Leaves,” and a sense of drama as in the
Canadian feature, “The Barbarian Invasions,” this
super-home movie is about a father and son and the family, as are
McElwee’s films. (...)
I found this wonderful little
film on the International Documentary Association website." - Nov. 30, 2004. Steve
Fesenmaier, WV Library Commission Film Services 1978-99. Film reviewer,
Graffiti film reviewer, 1994-present
"A 50-minute film about
may sound dry, but the reality is anything but. There are tender
moments between father and son, light moments when the philosopher's
young niece declares that what she really wants to do is study
dolphins, and any number of attempts to tackle life meaning. " - Scott Rochat, Emporia Gazette.
"I saw your
documentary on Monday and
enjoyed it very much. It was beautifully conceived, filmed and edited,
and I especially liked your imagery for Plato's Cave Parable. (....) I
did think the scenes depicting your and your cousin's relationship with
your father were truly human, in the tradition of such great directors
as Krzystof Kieslowski whose work I admire." - Gila Sher
written and directed by
Pawel Kuczynski and Rafal Wieczynski
Pawel Kuczynski Productions and Focus Producers Ltd.
co-financed by Agencja Producji Filmowej (Polish Film Agency)