FUGUE / Fuga

7pm, Thursday, 25th October, Classic Cinema 3, Elsternwick

 2018 / Poland / 103 min / In Polish with English subtitles

Directed by: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Written by: Gabriela Muskała
Music: Marcin Masecki
Director of Photography: Jakub Kijowski
Cast: Gabriela Muskała, Łukasz Simlat, Małgorzata Buczkowska, Zbigniew Waleryś, Halina Rasiakówna, Piotr Skiba, Iwo Rajski


Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her family and unwillingly resumes her role as wife, mother and daughter. Her estranged husband and son do not recognise this woman who looks familiar, but behaves like a stranger. Feelings of alienation, love and revelations rekindle her internal flame.

Fugue evokes the social taboos around motherhood and the pressure on women to accept maternity without hesitation or reflection, as though the biological capacity of giving birth means that every woman should be willing to be a mother.