Big Animal

Overview

Working from a recently rediscovered script from late Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski, veteran actor and frequent Kieslowski collaborator Jerzy Stuhr directs this wry fable about intolerance and individuality. The film opens with bank clerk and clarinet enthusiast Zygmunt Sawicki Stuhr discovering a huge two-humped camel in his garden -- apparently left behind by a traveling circus. Though his schoolteacher wife Marysia Anna Dymna initially doesn't know what to make of the cud-chewing animal, Zygmunt takes ...
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Overview

Working from a recently rediscovered script from late Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski, veteran actor and frequent Kieslowski collaborator Jerzy Stuhr directs this wry fable about intolerance and individuality. The film opens with bank clerk and clarinet enthusiast Zygmunt Sawicki Stuhr discovering a huge two-humped camel in his garden -- apparently left behind by a traveling circus. Though his schoolteacher wife Marysia Anna Dymna initially doesn't know what to make of the cud-chewing animal, Zygmunt takes an immediate shine to the beast, and takes it in. His fellow villagers also seem to take to the camel: Zygmunt is greeted warmly as he parades it around their little town, and Marysia's pupils clamor over each other to name the animal. However, the townsfolk soon grow tired and suspicious of the beast. Friends and neighbors start to avoid the Sawickis, and children are forbidden to go near the animal.
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Special Features

Controlled Testimonies, an interview with Jerzy Stuhr; Rendezvous, on the set of The Big Animal; Theatrical trailer; Milestone press kit
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • UPC: 784148010441
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Milestone Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: Polish
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 79,166

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerzy Stuhr Zygmunt Sawicki
Anna Dymna Marysia Sawicki
Andrzej Kozak
Dominika Bednarczyk
Technical Credits
Jerzy Stuhr Director
Pawel Edelman Cinematographer
Krzysztof Kieslowski Screenwriter
Elzbieta Kurkowska Editor
Elzbieta Radke Costumes/Costume Designer
Monika Sajko-Gradowska Production Designer
Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski Sound/Sound Designer
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