The Big Animal

2000, Movie, NR, 72 mins

The late Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski wrote the treatment for this sweet fable in 1973, but it took his friend and one-time leading man Jerzy Stuhr to rescue it from oblivion after Kieslowski's sudden death in 1996. At first glance, Stuhr's film, which follows the fortunes of a gentle bank clerk, his schoolteacher wife and their adopted pet camel, has little in common with the kind of metaphysical tale for which Kieslowski became best known, but it's nevertheless a deeply affecting parable. The camel, left behind by a traveling carnival, arrives on the doorstep of Zygmunt (Stuhr) and Marysia Sawicki (Annay Dymna) one night while they're eating supper, and Zy...
Released: 2000 Rated: NR Length: 72 mins

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