Nowak (Jeremy Irons), foreman, left Poland with three other workers to go type it up black the house of a fellow-emigrant in England. It was in December 1981 and, while they have to deal with all sorts of affronts in their yard, in Poland, the state of emergency is declared and the Solidarity trade union is violently crushed by general Jaruzelski. Nowak, the only one to speak English, said nothing to the other three, to avoid the stampede and to carry out the work. moonlighting (1982) builds on the experience of the director, Jerzy Skolimowski, emigrated to England in 1978, to compose a fable powerful political and raspy around the ambiguous character of Nowak, both the protector and manipulator, remarkably camped by Jeremy Irons. The film appears on the screens this week, at the same time that particular Signs: none, his first film, released in 1964 in the context of the Łódź school: self-portrait with percussion from a young sceptic disenchanted, who gives his life to chance. Having been expelled from the university, he has to go do his military service. In the period of time that separates departure of his train, he hesitates on the path that he will follow. Other title Skolimowski soon be re-released in a restored version, The Boat-Lighthouse (1985), masterful thriller behind closed doors with Robert Duvall and Klaus Maria Brandauer.

You can see at the same time, at the Cinémathèque française (until 4 April), a retrospective of his work, which marked the new wave of Polish cinema for its originality. Skolimowski is a lone horseman who faces the existential angst and politics with the weapons of a spirit of independence, irreverence and brio formal.

black Comedy-drama by Jerzy Skolimowski.
With: Jeremy Irons, Eugene Lipinski, Jiri Stanislav…
Duration: 1: 37.