The Reliable System

Niezawodny system, 2008, 80 min.

The Reliable System (2008)

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Monaco International Film Festival
Angel Film Award for Alina Janowska for the best Female Actor,
Izabela Szylko for the Best Screenplay

Yerevan’s International Women’s Film Festival “KIN”
Best Film Award

Zimbabwe International Images Film Festival for Women
Best Actress Award for Alina Janowska


Director Izabela Szylko
Screenplay Izabela Szylko
Cinematography Wojciech Staron
Music Grzegorz Turnau
Art Direction Marian Zawalinski
Producer(s) Wlodzimierz Niderhaus
Maria Alina Janowska
Leon Wojciech Siemion
Julian Szymon Bobrowski
Little Maria Katarzyna Cynke
Maria’s Father Piotr Fronczewski
Antique Dealer Wladyslaw Kowalski


Maria is more than 80 years old. She comes from an aristocratic family that declined after the war. She lives humbly from her pension, alone in her studio apartment. Maria has a secret admirer whom she teaches French. She seems like an ordinary old lady. Yet nobody knows that Maria regularly plays roulette. In her life there is a secret related to gambling… and a diamond necklace.