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Vit, 30, works for an architectural design studio in Silesia. One day he receives a message from home, urging him to visit his sick father. Vit goes to a small town near Warsaw. The sickness turns out to be an excuse. The father wants Vit to take responsibility for the family. Vit however refuses to be a saviour for his relatives whose lifestyle he despises. His father is an alcoholic, his sister Bella a nyphomanic, his aunt slovenly and extravagant. Vit leaves failing to meet their expectations. The question of whether one has the right to cut away from one´s family if they threaten one´s individuality and prevent one from achieving important personal targets opened a hot debate in the press.

1971 Nominated for: Cannes Int. Filmfestspiele – Goldene Palme (Krzysztof Zanussi)

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