|Spoor (Pokot in Poland) film poster.|
Janina Duszejko is a heroine unlike any other. An older, joyful spirited woman with bright eyes and long silvery white hair in frequent schoolgirl braids, she has a deep compassion for animals, creates the most enticing bowls of colorful dishes, and teaches English to younglings whilst also taking them into the dangerous, icy cold wild of Klodzko Valley. She is knowledgeable about plants and quite resourceful to all of mother nature’s secrets. When the hunters in town start gruesomely dying off, Duszejko holds the key to the daunting mysteries.
|Janina Duszejko (Agnieszka Mandat) with her beloved students.|
|A distraught Janina putting up signs in hopes of finding her missing dogs.|
|Agnieszka Holland (left) and Kasia Adamik (right) holding onto the Alfred Bauer Prize also known as the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.|
|Janina (Agnieszka Mandat) always finds beauty in nature.|
Besides gripping murders, Spoor has two charming love stories of young and old. The cinematography is absolutely stunning— picturesque mountain caps, captivating foliage coated in snow and ice, and again Duszejko’s scrumptious food. The writing by Holland and Olga Tokarczuk is solid-- with humor, suspense, charm, and a pleasant ending.
Spoor is worth the watch for the powerful message alone.