1h 29min | Comedy, Drama | 25 October 2002 (Poland)
A firsthand experience about bureaucracy’s stark-naked truth, inside the microcosmic reality of an office where a lot of unexpected things may happen long before the coffee break.
Golasy is a visually & technically sparse, but interesting experiment. The use of nudity ( all of the characters are nude ) as well as the scenery ( all of the scenes are shot in two drab rooms and a hallway ) serve the purpose of focusing the viewer’s attention on the action & dialogue which, while not sparkling, witty or ornate, precisely captures the atmosphere of a single day in a small office in an anonymous Polish bureaucracy.
The subtleties of the dialogue will likely be lost on western viewers, but not on other denizens of former soviet satellite countries for whom all of the characters represent archetypes present anywhere a soviet-style bureaucracy was to be found…
All of the characters are portrayed not by professional actors but by extras & the idea behind casting/nudity, at least according to the director, was to capture the most honest, primal reactions ( changes of stance, posture, muscle mimicry, color) which are best visible without our clothes.
While Golasy is not a ground breaking film by any standard, it is an entertaining & insightful as well as honest look at the human condition
Director: Witold Swietnicki
Writers: Krzysztof Jaworski, Witold Swietnicki
Stars: Anna Pudlowska, Barbara Gasior, Agnieszka Pasko