We open on the night of Christmas Eve, stripped of any anticipation of family harmony. Credits roll over a group of men on a break from a night bus journey lined up to pee on the side of the road. Amongst them is Adam, on his way home to Poland for a surprise family visit. His reunion, however, is anything but calm. Adam tries to navigate and mend his family’s broken relationships, unravelling much unspoken hurt. He confronts his younger brother’s unexplained resentment, the abuse his sister is suffering at the hands of her husband, his father’s struggle with alcoholism, and his sour mother – whose dreams of sustain their family togetherness is crumbling to pieces.
Adam announces two big pieces of news – his son’s birth and also his plans to move to the Netherlands for good. This disappointing news mirrors the social reality of Polish emigration. Silent Night displays powerful honest performances and has striking washed-out blue cinematography. Some of the film is also shown through the grainy film of Adam’s camera, who films his entire reunion to show his son in the future the realities and imperfections of familial relations.
|Premiär||1 januari 2019|