Polish Wedding

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This low-budget independent film about a Polish family living in Detroit is also given a simple, low-budget release on DVD. The best thing about the disc is that the widescreen transfer looks sharp and crisp, making the film look more expensive than it actually is. The audio is Dolby Surround, but unfortunately not 5:1. Supplemental features are few. There's a theatrical trailer, decent cast bios, and nothing else. It's too bad, because this indie film could have benefited from commentary by director Theresa ...
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This low-budget independent film about a Polish family living in Detroit is also given a simple, low-budget release on DVD. The best thing about the disc is that the widescreen transfer looks sharp and crisp, making the film look more expensive than it actually is. The audio is Dolby Surround, but unfortunately not 5:1. Supplemental features are few. There's a theatrical trailer, decent cast bios, and nothing else. It's too bad, because this indie film could have benefited from commentary by director Theresa Connelly, who seems close to her material. As it is, only connoisseurs of Sundance Film Festival fare are likely to be interested in this sleeper. Language is in English only with subtitles in English and Spanish.
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Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio: 1.85:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • UPC: 086162103803
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Polish Wedding
0. Scene Selection
1. Main titles [2:53]
2. The Pzoniak Family [2:12]
3. Sensitive Creatures [5:24]
4. The Other Man [3:24]
5. The Family Friend [2:42]
6. Hala's Guard [1:22]
7. The Virgin Queen [1:50]
8. In a Family Way [6:25]
9. A Reason to Marry [6:11]
10. Waiting Like Dogs [6:10]
11. My Clock Stopped [3:46]
12. A Baby [3:00]
13. To Be Complete [1:03]
14. To the First Baby... [4:28]
15. Business with Russell [5:56]
16. Smoking in the Basement [3:04]
17. A Cleaning Woman [4:09]
18. The Pzoniak Posse [2:17]
19. What Have You Done To Me? [4:56]
20. Making Up [4:13]
21. The Festival [6:12]
22. The Pregnant Virgin [2:08]
23. One Year Later [2:15]
24. End titles [5:03]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Polish Wedding
   Language Selection
      Captions & Subtitles English For The Hearing Impaired
      Captions & Subtitles Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles None
   Extra Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      The Cast
         Theresa Connelly
         Lena Olin
         Gabriel Byrne
         Claire Danes
         Adam Trese
         Mili Avital
         Daniel Lapaine
   Play
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