The great return of Janusz Kondratiuk. The maker ofthe famous Dziewczyny do wzięcia (Available Girls) once again combines elements of fiction and documentary to present a grotesque vision of reality. He also lends the film a deeply personal tone. A Cat With a Dog is the story of the complicated relationship between a director (Robert Więckiewicz) and his brother, Andrzej (Olgierd Łukaszewicz), the maker of the cult Hydrozagadka. The far from ideal brotherly bond becomes tighter when Andrzej is stricken with a serious illness. The brothers alternate between showing each other tenderness and wallowing in their grudges. Their partners play an important role in their lives: Janusz's wife, Beata (Bożena Stachura), who is increasingly troubled by the entire situation, and Andrzej's muse, Iga (Aleksandra Konieczna), who is lost in despair. Misunderstandings between the four are a source of tension, as well as first-rate humor. The result is perhaps the most honest Polish film about dying since Małgorzata Szumowska's memorable 33 Scenes from Life.
Janusz Kondratiuk was born in 1943 in Ak-Bulak in what is now Kazakhstan, where his family lived in exiled. After returning to Poland, he studied at the Łódź Film School. As a director, he developed his own style based on unmasking the absurdities of life by mixing elements of fiction and documentary. This approach had its greatest success in the film Dziewczyny do wzięcia (1972), which today enjoys cult status.
1971 Niedziela Barabasza
1972 Dziewczyny do wzięcia
1976 Czy jest tu panna na wydaniu?
1996 Złote runo
2010 Milion dolarów