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Mug

Dark side of Poland's face
A man undergoes a face transplant and experiences ensuing identity issues.
Jacek, a scruffy small-town oddball, loves heavy metal, his girl-friend, dog and small car. Employed as a builder of the giant statue of Christ the King in western Poland, he sustains a horrible accident at work. Amid the attention of the whole country, Jacek becomes the first Polish citizen to have a face transplant. A strange, emotionally engaging film, Mug tells a story of inner strength and beauty, brilliantly blending realism, streaks of fantasy and dark humour. Małgorzata Szumowska applies a loosened structure, whose inscrutability is further augmented by a refined work with the camera. The result is an uncompromising, yet funny study of an identity crisis, craftily switching between farce and sardonic social comment.
Original title
Twarz
English title
Mug
Year
2018
Country
Language
PL
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
88 min
Genre
Age rating
15+

Festivals
National
Be2Can
International
Berlinale

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Awards

Berlinale IFF
Jury Grand Prix
2018

Media reception

The Guardian
"Mug is a strange, engaging film - well and potently acted and directed, a drama that puts you inside its extended community with a mix of robust realism and a streak of fantasy comedy.”
The Hollywood Reporter
"Mug makes some worthy points about human and institutional callousness.“

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