Dzikie róze [Wild Roses] (2017)

Dzikie róze
Director: Anna Jadowska
Writer: Anna Jadowska
Cast: Marta Nieradkiewicz, Michal Zurawski, Konrad Skolimowski, Natalia Bartnik, Dominika Biernat, Bartlomiej Firlet, Halina Rasiakówna
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 7.3.2018

Content note: questionable consent (adult woman/teenaged boy)

Ewa (Anna Jadowska) returns home from the hospital. Her mother (Halina Rasiakówna) has been taking care of her children and Ewa quickly settles back into her routine, working in the Wild Roses fields. Shortly after, her husband Andrzej (Michal Zurawski) returns from many months working in Norway. Things are tense between them, especially because Andrzej heard rumors that Ewa had been having an affair with a local teenager, Marcel (Konrad Skolimowski).

Dzikie róze is a well-acted, beautiful film with some problems in the plot department that kept it from being really great. But it’s still worth seeing.

Wild Roses has a great cast that really delivers strong performances all around, making it easy to empathize with and really root for the characters. The film definitely managed to pull me in and keep me involved.

But I did struggle with quite a few plot elements. Starting with the relationship Ewa does actually have with Marcel. He is only sixteen or so and obviously in love with her, while she seems to act more out of loneliness. But even if the relationship had been entirely reciprocated, it would still be icky as fuck. Ewa is an adult, she is married and she is clearly taking advantage of him. At least the film doesn’t romanticize this and Ewa does get called out by Marcel’s mother. But still.

I also saw the thing with Ewa’s kid coming a mile off and I hated it. It punishes her for “not being a good mother” and that’s one misogynistic trope that can just die. And the ending, where Ewa tries to change a decision she made before, was too easy.

But despite those weaknesses, the film has quite an effect. It’s told in beautiful images and has absolutely fantastic sound. It is definitely worth watching, even if some things are tougher to swallow than others.

Summarizing: good.

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