The teenage girl, Ewa (Grażyna Długołęcka), is first seen confessing and warned about having any impure thoughts or feelings. Her family has boarders and one day, a young man, Lukasz (Jerzy Zelnik), moves in and they fall in love. He is trying to get a divorce, yet, is denied by local church people.
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For those who've been a-watin' patient, a Borowczyk to which you can bring granny (them homeland mores, dig?). Of course, it's still a characteristic work, in that it's basic teleology integrates a motor-mechanics of bodies, objects, and drives. THE STORY OF SIN was called one of the greatest Polish films of all time by none other than Andrzej Żuławski, and, well, heck, I'd almost call it the Polska LOLA MONTÈS.
Rewatch on the Arrow Blu-ray for the first time. A treasure. Boro's visual sense is so good you could watch this with the sound turned off and it would still work: his combining of still and moving images (painting, typography, silent film, et al), his distinctive sense of pathos and humor, the way he is at once elegant and explicit, sacred and laic, baroque and modern. It's all here.
at this moment my favorite borowczyk. i can't express how poetically beautiful & affecting this was. despite borowczyk's background in erotic film-making, his vision for the lush & the fleshed out
"OTHER" is as numinous as his signature soft-focus perception of bodies and a very refined & curious eye for the ties between an object, a gaze, a gesture.
Borowcyzk riffs on Tess of the d'Urbervilles to a shockingly dull effect. Where is the wildness that defines his most notorious films? Where is the poetry that defines his most tragic and sensitive ones? An unfortunate slog from a master craftsman.