Knife in the water

Knife in the water

DVD - 2008 | Polish
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A middle-aged journalist and his wife invite a footloose young hitch-hiker aboard their sail-boat for a Sunday outing in the Polish lake district. Like two peacocks, the men proceed to flaunt their virility before the woman, revealing a cynical sadism on the part of the husband and a growing resentment in the knife-wielding youth.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, c2008
ISBN: 9781604650716
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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X4053239763 Mar 09, 2016

Only watch this movie if you are interested and understand the European art cinema and Roman Polanski. The movie is in Polish with English subtitles.

Nov 10, 2015

I have to admit, I didn't get past the beginning where he picked up the hitchhiker. Given the character definitions so far, and the way they set up the scene, HE WOULD NOT HAVE. Movie over. Kind of like "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle". When the girl showed up, they would have sent her away immediately. Hence, no movie: over at the beginning. When I've gone back and eventually watched or read the rest of a movie or book, respectively, that I've done this to, I've been completely vindicated, and 100% correct in my first assessment to stop it right there. It's easy, because if the premise EVERYTHING in the story is based on isn't plausible (within the confines of the fiction), there is NO STORY. i.e. NONE of it could be happening. : P

Jul 26, 2013

Fascinating. Highly recommend.

Oct 02, 2012

Two words I have for this movie:boring and overrated.


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X4053239763 Mar 09, 2016

Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic.

A couple driving along a deserted road to the sea almost run over a young man. The driver is a self-absorbed husband, the woman his pretty, irritated young wife, and the hitchhiker a teenager.

The husband, out of sheer patronising good will, invites him to come sailing on their boat. The plot is then concerned with the boat ride and the subtle battle of personalities between the men and the wife’s amused onlooking.

For a first movie, director Roman Polanski shows a flair for simple character revelation and wit. He sometimes overindulges, and charges the affair with gratuitous bits, but manages to keep up interest. Its social side is soft-pedaled.


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