As suggested by the title, corporeality is at the crux of this striking, darkly funny Polish dramedy, whether focusing on the bodies examined by widowed prosecutor Janusz or the disappearing frame of his anorexic daughter Olga. Even the disembodied have a presence, channeled by therapist Anna, who is helping Olga manage her grief over the death of her mother. When father and daughter discover Anna’s unique gift, a surprising course is set for all three to try and transform their individual suffering into something that can be shared and thus assuaged. Despite the serious elements at its heart, Body
is leavened by flashes of quirky humor, from the man who gets up and walks away from the tree he was hanging from to Anna falling asleep while trying to summon a ghost. Ultimately, Malgorzata Szumowska’s delightfully unpredictable film explores how bodies reveal and betray their owners, while also giving solace and helping to heal.
Co-presented by Polish Community in San Francisco Bay Area (Polonia SF)