A moving and humorous true-life drama about one woman’s personal crusade to provide an education for her autistic son.
In 1980’s Poland, Maryska’s (Malgorzata Gorol) life plans change dramatically when she becomes pregnant. Her sister Marta (Marta Malikowska) offers to help her raise the child, and initially the arrangement works. Unfortunately, circumstances change and Marysia is left raising the young boy by herself. It later becomes apparent that the boy, who can only say one word – Subuk (his name backwards) is autistic – not a condition widely known or accepted in Poland at the time. We follow her over two decades as she clashes with schools, social services and neighbours in her quest to keep him in “normal” school and allow him to take exams, meeting fierce resistance and prejudice at every turn.
Based on a true story, Malgorzata Gorol turns in a moving and good-humoured performance as the feisty Maryskam, whose unstoppable one woman crusade recalls dramas Lorenzo’s Oil and Erin Brockovich.
“Shot through with vivacity and biting irony… the movie’s feel-good aspect shines through”
Sun 24th Sept – 5.00pm
Language: Polish w/subs
Director: Jacek Lusinski
Cast: Malgorzata Gorol, Andrzej Seweryn, Marta Malikowsku