IT IS PARIS TOO

IT IS PARIS TOO

Lech Kowalski has gotten us used to movements for a long time now. Movements of the street, of punks, of fetishists, of his mother, of Polish farmers, of strikers: the list is long, it is the almost endless inventory of a demoted humanity. But is it a habit? Definitely not, more like the effect of a camera that remains untamed. And here we are, subjected to its kicks, its tricks, its rebellions, its rages, its heartfelt cries, we are blown away, and it exhilarates our souls. Once again, the idea is simple: to remake An American in Paris. One small point though, this time the American will be a Native American, sporting a baseball cap with the slogan “Native pride” on it; and Paris will be the rough areas along the roads of the capital, busy with homeless people and migrants from all around the world. Do they dance there? Possibly. A boxer at a soup kitchen keeps moving as he talks, as if shadowboxing. And our Native American keeps walking, always putting one sneaker in front of the other, always in a hurry, in a rush to get going, almost running. And Lech’s camera as well, like a mad dog, makes sudden pan shots for no reason, leaves its subject, searches for a wider frame, the sky, the roads. Here, nothing ever stands still, and it comes as quite a surprise when we hear the Native American say that the living conditions of the migrants he crosses paths with are exactly the same as those of his own people, before it almost disappeared, a long time ago. It is probably this freedom to go about through such cruelty that allows the finale – which we won’t spoil here – like an extra movement and a refusal to stay put. It is Kowalski, once again. (J-P.R.)

BLOW IT TO BITS

2019 - 110 mm

I PAY FOR YOUR STORY

2017 - 86 mm

HOLY FIELD HOLY WAR

2013 - 105 MN

DRILL BABY DRILL

2013 - 84 MN

FUCK

2009 - PERFORMANCE

POLICE FORCE OUVRIERE

2009 - 12 MN

WINNERS AND LOSERS

2007 - 75 MN

EAST OF PARADISE

2005 - 105 MN

DIARY OF A MARRIED MAN

2005 - 22 MN

CAMERA GUN

2003 - 29 MN

HEY IS DEE DEE HOME

2003 - 63 MN

ON HITLER'S HIGHWAY

2002 - 81 MN

BORN TO LOSE

2001 - 104 MN

THE BOOT FACTORY

2000 - 88 MN

ROCK SOUP

1991 - 81 MN

CHICO & THE PEOPLE

1991 - 20 MN

GRINGO

1984 - 87 MN

DOA

1981 - 90 MN

BREAKDANCE TEST

1984 - 6 MN

WALTER AND CUTIE

1978 - 25 MN

SEX STARS

1977 - 85 MN

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