Memory loss is often the subject of romantic comedies and other lighthearted fare, but its reality is much darker. Alicja is a woman who appears out of nowhere, and has to readapt to society, nurturing the persona of a rebel. However, as her family tracks her down, it turns out that she is in fact a suburban married mother of a preschooler. As Alicja tries to navigate her now alienating past, the murky truth of her disappearance reemerges. I thought that the film was fascinating, albeit not perfectly executed, and the leading performance by Gabriela Muskala is beautiful and harrowing.
Fugue (Fuga), 2018
Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
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