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Kuchnia Polska (1993)

Krystyna Janda , Krzysztof Kolberger , Jacek Bromski  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Krystyna Janda, Krzysztof Kolberger, Marek Kondrat, Piotr Machalica, Wiktor Zborowski
  • Directors: Jacek Bromski
  • Format: PAL, Color, Import
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Run Time: 366 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001JBNJ7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While some movies give away the plot with its title, others are much more vague and less revealing. Jacek Bromski's 1991 film Kuchnia Polska has nothing to do with cooking, unless taken in a very figurative and metaphorical way. The story begins with Polish soldiers of the Second Republic of Poland returning home from England after the war. For those of us who know our history, we know that the Russians recruited Poles into the Red Army to fight the Germans, but the original army of Poland largely regrouped and fought to defend France and then England. Only true patriots with a very strong character could stand to live in country that was dominated by the totalitarian "progress" called communism. Kuchnia Polska was made just a couple years after the fall of communism in Poland, as this story would never have been allowed to be told under Soviet occupation.

Our aviation hero Stanislaw Szymanko (Marek Kondrat) returns to Poland with his English wife Margaret (Krystyna Janda). There really isn't much of a welcome, but at least he isn't sent to Siberia. Due to bad luck, Stanislaw gets arrested by the secret police and they torture him into confessing that he is a spy, a common paranoia felt about returning patriots. From here, we get to see what it is like living in a society without free speech; a society in which the police state rules with an iron fist; a society in which corruption and bribes are the only way someone can work with the system that is so bureaucratic.

Margaret is faced with a situation that truly appears insane. Getting information on what happened to her husband is difficult enough, let alone seeing to his release. She goes to great ends to try to work with the officials and the kangaroo court to free her husband, but it is no use.
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