How to Live?

Jak życ?, 2008, 90 min.
How to Live? (2008)

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Director Szymon Jakubowski
Screenplay Szymon Jakubowski
Cinematography Pawel Dyllus
Art Direction Justyna Krzepkowska
Producer(s) Agnieszka Janowska
Kuba Krzysztof Ogloza
Ewa Anna Cieslak
Marcin Eryk Lubos
Instructor at the Birth School Magdalena Walach
Marcin’s Friend Sonia Bochosiewicz
Thug Andrzej Grabowski
Uncle Zbyszek Krzysztof Globisz
Uncle Jozek Mieczyslaw Grabka
Uncle Tomek Andrzej Freanczyk


How to Live is a comedy which tells the story of young people who reach adulthood and search for authority and values. After demolishing a hospital, 30-year-old Kuba is taken to prison where he talks to a random prisoner about his relationship with Ewa. Nine months earlier he found out that he was going to be a father. This fact helped him decide to change his very light-hearted approach to life and prepare for the new role of husband and father. The problem is that he has absolutely no idea how to do this. He has no role model because his father died when he was a child. Kuba decides to ask his three uncles, who play an important role in his life as subsitute fathers, for advice. One of them is a tough mountain rescuer, another is a hard-working businessman, and the last is an artist constantly on the move. Kuba follows his uncles’ helpful advice and his life immediately radically changes. He changes from a light-hearted boy into a responsible and resourceful man who is able to take care of his family. He soon realizes however that happiness cannot be achieved using a mathematical formula. Despite Kuba’s best efforts, the crisis in his relationship with Ewa deepens. The accidental ‘confession’ to his cellmate helps him realize that in the pursuit of what he thought was right, he did not notice that instead of being himself he had started to become more and more grotesque.