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Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski
Starring: Eryk Lubos, Agnieszka Pawelkiewicz, Aleksandra Michael, Mariusz Bonaszewski
An unusual, kinetic thriller that delicately addresses post-traumatic stress syndrome, To Kill a Beaver
finds Eryk, a middle-aged man with a murky past, holing up in his rural childhood home. On edge and paranoid, he sets up surveillance cameras to monitor the comings and goings of his surroundings. One day, he is surprised by the arrival of Bezi, a teenage girl who comes floating up to him on a hand- made raft as he’s busy breaking up a pesky beaver dam in the creek abutting his property. Bezi throws herself at Eryk with abandon, attracted by the divergent elements of danger and shelter that he embodies. Though he warns her, “I have my various secrets” (including mysterious phone calls, emails with photos of scantily clad women and flashbacks involving a pretty Chechnyan woman), she clings to him, seeking to escape a dark situation of her own. Resolving the various mysteries in a shattering climax, Jan Jakub Kolski’s film is a magnetic portrait of two desperate people who fancy themselves predators but just might be prey.
Film Note Writer: Rod Armstrong