Never Gonna Snow Again
From award-winning filmmaker Małgorzata Szumowska (Elles) and her long-time cinematographer Michał Englert, Never Gonna Snow Again is a beguiling modern fable about an affluent gated community forever altered by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger with supposed healing powers. One grey, foggy morning, a mysterious young man, Zhenia (Alec Utgoff, Stranger Things), crosses the border from the Ukraine into Poland, carrying only a massage table. When faced with a staid official at Warsaw’s immigration office, he secures the necessary residence permit by simply taking the man’s head in his huge, soft hands and massaging him into a trance. Zhenia soon establishes himself with the well-to-do residents of a suburban gated community of identical white McMansions, where his unique talents quickly become in demand.
Why You Should See This Film
Anchored by Utgoff’s utterly magnetic central performance, Szumowska and Englert’s study of class and modern malaise astutely blends magic realism with dark humour and stunning production design to often jaw-dropping effect. Following Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi as Poland’s official entry to the Academy Awards, Never Gonna Snow Again is a striking jewel worthy of equal attention.
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- Year: 2020
- Rating: M
- Director: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
- Cast: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Lukasz Simlat
- Duration: 116 minutes
- Language: Russian, Polish, French and Vietnamese with English subtitles