Sweet Rush

Tatarak, 2009, 85 min.

Sweet Rush (2009)
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Awards

2009
Berlin International Film Festival
Alfred Bauer Award for Andrzej Wajda

European Film Awards
FIPRESCI Prize

Production
Director Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay Andrzej Wajda
based on a short story by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz and Sandra Marai
Cinematography Pawel Edelman
Music Pawel Mykietyn
Art Director Magdalena Dipont
Producer Michal Kwiecinski
Cast
Marta / Actress Krystyna Janda
Bogus Pawel Szajda
Martas’s Friend Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak
Halinka Julia Pietrucha
Doctor Jan Englert
Maid Roma Gasiorowska
Story
A middle-aged woman named Marta (Krystyna Janda), wife of a small town doctor, doesn’t realize she is terminally ill. One day Marta meets a much younger man named Bogus (Pawel Szajda) and is fascinated by his youth and simplicity. Their innocent “dates” on the shores of the river, marked by mutual fascination, are put to an end by a sudden and cruel twist of fate.

But this is only the first layer of this multi-dimensional tale: Sweet Rush is also a film about making a film and Andrzej Wajda is intertwining the story with real-life monologues by Krystyna Janda talking about the premature death of her husband, the acclaimed cinematographer Edward Klosinski.

Sweet Rush is a subtle and touching story of impossible love and, at the same time, the director’s personal account of things eternal: love coming too late and death coming always too early.