Sundance 2013: ‘Lasting’ explores truth and secrecy in relationships

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Directed by Jacek Borcuch
Written by Jacek Borcuch
2012, Poland/Spain

Vacationing from school in Poland, Michał (Jakub Gierszal) and Karina (Magdalena Berus) spend their days drinking wine, laughing with friends and making love, but their idyllic sun-soaked existence among the fields of a Spanish vineyard are brought to an end when an argument with a local property owner gets out of hand and Michał’s impetuous mistake threatens to drive a wedge between the young couple. Further complicating matters is the fact that Michał’s confession makes Karina’s own secret impossible to confide.

Filmmaker Jacek Borcuch (All That I Love) prefaced the screening of his latest feature by stating that “This is not a crime film,” and it’s easy to see why he would make that distinction. The events that unfold in the film’s first 30 minutes provide the impetus for the scenes that follow, but Borcuch is clearly more interested in exploring the moral and emotional implications rather than the legal ramifications of such an act.

Thoughtfully structured and distinctly divided into three sections, each of Lasting’s acts serves to mirror the state of the couple’s relationship. Their carefree love affair in the Spanish countryside is depicted in warm golden hues that stand in stark contrast to the cold muted tones of the Polish segments of the film. Once back in Poland, the emotional distance between Michał and Karina is made manifest by two equipoise stories wherein each searches for the strength to forgive and to come to terms with their own actions.

As the title implies, a brash decision can have profound and enduring effects, but Lasting proves that in love and experience we hope to find the capacity to carry on.

Scott Colquitt

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 to October 27, 2012. For a complete schedule of films, screening times, and ticket information, please visit the official website.

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