A Textbook Example of a Textbook Example

By Brian Prisco | Film | January 19, 2011 | Comments ()

By Brian Prisco | Film | January 19, 2011 |


Kamila Sakowicz (Magdalena Boczarska) is a young and beautiful secretary at the university where renowned scholar Adam Warczewski (Andrezj Seweryn) teaches. Kamila is madly in love with her fiance, the secretive Roman Rozek (Robert Wieckiewicz), who turns out to be a secret police officer of the Communist party tasked with ferreting out dissidents. Rozek tasks Kamila with infiltrating the professor's circle of confederates and filing reports on his anti-government doings. Kamila gives herself the codename "Little Rose," and as a beautiful blonde she easily worms her way into Adam's confidence.

And the rest of the film spools out as you would expect. She quickly becomes a part of the recently widowed professor's life and that of his young daughter. She begins to learn about the anti-Communist movement and to temper her reports so they seem less inflammatory. The professor begins to trust her and pulls her deeper into the movement, while falling in love. Kidawa-Blonski makes sure to fill every fifteen minutes with a gratuitous sex scene: first between Roman and Kamila, and then eventually between Adam and Kamila as they begin to fall for one another. She fucks! And spies! And fucks and fucks and spies! Fuck, fuck, fuck! Spy, spy, spy! The Polish Anti-Communist Show!

Again, a film dedicated to the way the communist leadership eventually banished their intellectuals, artists, and students because they fomented the dangerous revolution is nothing new, even when delving into the movement in Poland specifically. There's the same shots of snowy trains with weeping peasants bidding farewells to their families, the similar settings of long tables of bearded men in uniforms listening to recorded conversations and hiring spies to infiltrate the troublemakers, and even the same shots of protest speeches and students getting beaten with rubber hoses by Gestapo-like forces. Little Rose was like watching a terrifically-acted History Channel presentation. Solid, informative, interesting, and even a bit titillating, but nothing that will blow your mind. However, if you are a fan of watching historical films or a scholar of the Iron Curtain type epoch, then by all means, watch it and enjoy.


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