Barrier

Barrier

Synopsis

A floating, dream-like film, Barrier embraces bizarre and surrealist-inspired imagery to tell the story of a former medical student trying to diagnosis his own gradual detachment from the world. Barrier reveals Skolimowski’s more romantic side in its depiction of love as a wilfully illogical force and in its touching, vivid portrayals of the young women in the hero’s life. For Skolimowski the eponymous barrier is most clearly inter-generational – embodied in the distance between the young man and his elderly pensioner father who remains far closer to his memories of the war than to the realities of Sixties Poland. Barrier’s striking expression of the emergent new current in post-war Polish cinema and its break with more traditional narrative conventions, is made clear by its unexpected use of abrupt slap-stick to satirize corporate and military culture, as well as by the improvised feel of the dialogue and the innovative jazz score by the legendary Krzysztof Komeda.

Technical Specs

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Year: 1966
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Duration: 76 min
Alternate Title: Bariera