Polish Wedding

Polish Wedding

Director: Theresa Connelly, Lena Olin, Gabriel Byrne, Claire Danes

Cast: Theresa Connelly, Lena Olin, Gabriel Byrne, Claire Danes

     
 

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Theresa Connelly makes her directorial debut with her own screenplay, a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy-drama, set in working-class Detroit, about a large Polish-American family run by matriarch Jadzia Pzoniak (Lena Olin). Her four boys obey her, but adolescent Hala (Claire Danes) is rebellious and independent. Although happily married to bakery worker Bolek

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Theresa Connelly makes her directorial debut with her own screenplay, a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy-drama, set in working-class Detroit, about a large Polish-American family run by matriarch Jadzia Pzoniak (Lena Olin). Her four boys obey her, but adolescent Hala (Claire Danes) is rebellious and independent. Although happily married to bakery worker Bolek (Gabriel Byrne), Jadzia engages in an almost-open affair with Roman (Rade Serbedzija). Hala sneaks off for late-night trysts with her handsome neighbor Russell Schuster (Adam Trese), resulting in her pregnancy. After her parents learn the news, Russell is forced to marry Hala, and a big Polish wedding is planned. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
It's impossible to dispute suburban Detroit cleaning woman Jadzia Pzoniak when she tells the rich lover who wants to own her that, with five children and a husband, she's already a queen. As Jadzia, Lena Olin proves to be first-time filmmaker Theresa Connelly's strongest ally in her quest to invest the squabbles and liaisons of a working-class Polish family with lyrical grandeur and absurd, understated humor. Connelly amusingly highlights the sly evasions and outright bravado that each of the clan's members must practice in order to find fulfillment outside the family. But it's the gravitational force of the family itself that lends Polish Wedding's central drama an epic intensity. Olin's fierce matriarch, simmering through a long, uneasy truce with domesticity, yearns for the spark of passion even as she dominates her children's lives. Meanwhile, daughter Hala (Claire Danes), the darling of the family, walks the same fine line between passion and respectability. Although Olin's performance is a revelation, Danes can't quite match her firepower; the complex emotional shadings of the film's final stretch elude the young actress. But with rock-solid Gabriel Byrne onboard as the family's wry, resigned patriarch -- and with Connelly's rich sense of place and community anchoring the film -- Polish Wedding often succeeds in its mission to celebrate the desperate passions of ordinary lives.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2012
UPC:
0013132436197
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
33,235

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lena Olin Jadzia Pzoniak
Gabriel Byrne Bolek Pzoniak
Claire Danes Hala Pzoniak
Adam Trese Russell Schuster
Mili Avital Sofie Pzoniak
Daniel Lapaine Ziggi Pzoniak
Rade Serbedzija Roman
Kristen Bell Actor

Technical Credits
Theresa Connelly Director,Screenwriter
Luis Enriquez Bacalov Score Composer
Julia Chasman Producer
Curtiss Clayton Editor
Guy Dufaux Cinematographer
Suzanne Fenn Editor
Gregory Goodman Co-producer
Kara Lindstrom Production Designer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Executive Producer
Geoff Stier Producer
Ted Tannenbaum Executive Producer
Nick Wechsler Executive Producer
Richard S. Wright Co-producer
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Polish Wedding
1. Main Titles [2:54]
2. Hala & Family [7:08]
3. Her Mother's Daughter [7:31]
4. Jadzia Can't Help It [8:43]
5. Bold [9:51]
6. Polish Ladies Auxiliary League [9:27]
7. Dough [10:31]
8. "Will You Marry Me?" [15:14]
9. Sanctuary [10:08]
10. Rascals [9:40]
11. "She's Pregnant [10:27]
12. End Credits [3:56]

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