Till It Hurts

  • Poland

A 53-year-old psychiatrist still lives at home with his mom. After a long period of emotional abstinence, he meets Ewa and his enthusiasm over his new love evokes a hysterical reaction from his imperious mother: “Have you lost your mind? You’re over 50!” she shouts at him. The son responds by quoting St. Paul: “Children, obey your parents. Parents, do not humiliate your children so that they will not despair.” Although largely based on emotional blackmail and paranoia, there are even moments of tenderness in their complicated relationship. This intimately-drawn tragicomedy is part of a documentary series that follows up on Kieślowski’s Decalogue.

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