The plot takes places on two temporal plains: early 1950's and the present. The main character is Sabina (Agata Buzek), an unassuming woman who just turned thirty. Clearly, she lacks a man in her life. Her mother (Krystyna Janda) knows all about it and at all costs tries to find her daughter a good candidate for a husband. The entire matter is supervised by grandma (Anna Polony), an eccentric lady with a sharp tongue from whom no secret can be concealed. The old tenement house where the women live is a stage for successive admirers. However, Sabina is not interested in any of them. One day, from out of nowhere, arrives the mysterious Bronislaw (Marcin Dorocinski). His appearance launches a series of unexpected events which reveal the darker side of women's nature...

Director's Statement

It is difficult to classify The Reverse in a particular genre. This is a conscious choice and the movie delivers the patchwork nature of the script. So at the beginning we find ourselves in the field of a Stalinist period drama movie, only to next go through a bourgeois comedy and finally land in a noir (Urn which in the third act switches to a comedy noir. This diversity is the project's strength. Contemporary framework and the story's finale integrate the changing genres, creating a coherent whole. The Reverse is a mind provoking story which has a chance (if only for a while) to smooth out the inclination for a "monumental" interpretation of history, so apparent in our culture. This makes it possible to see it though the eyes of the common woman (which is not with out consequence, since still the number of movies made about women is small). The Reverse also provides something what refined audiences love the most: a true movie feast.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Borys Lankosz

Written by: Andrezej Bart, Andrzej Bart

Produced by: Wojciech Kabarowski, Jerzy Kapuscinski

Cinematography: Marcin Koszatka

Editing: Wojciech Anuszczyk

Production Design: Robert Czesak, Magdalena Dipont

Cast: Agata Buzek, Krystyna Janda, Anna Polony, Adam Woronowicz, Marcin Dorocinski

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2010