1991-2000DramaKrzysztof ZanussiPoland

Krzysztof Zanussi – Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa AKA Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)

An old doctor faces cancer. On the set, he meets a monk and a couple, a medical student and a wardrobe mistress. He seeks the help of other doctors, but in the end it is they who help him come to terms with his inevitable death.

Tomasz Berg (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz), an elderly doctor, secures a film set. There he meets a monk (Tadeusz Bradecki), a consultant for a film about St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and a couple of young people, Filip, a medical student (Paweł Okraska) and Hanka, a dresser (Monika Krzywkowska). Berg is facing cancer. The prognosis is bad, but the man tries to seek help from doctors in Paris using his ex-wife’s money (Krystyna Janda). The new people he meets unwittingly become his guides through life and death. With a monk, the doctor discusses the so-called Pascal’s Law and tries to find out how St. Bernard prepared the horse thief from the film they worked on for death. He himself helps the young patient’s mother make provisions for unbearable pain. The woman and her son commit suicide, for which Berg is fired from his job at the hospital. He tries to arrange the trip of a lifetime, but he declines and returns to the hospital as a patient. Young friends from the film set turn out to be empathetic friends and are eager to visit him. They receive from him the keys to his apartment. Berg arranges a lethal supply of morphine for himself, but under the influence of a metaphysical experience, he abandons suicide. His body becomes an object of study for medical students. Philip acquires the first cut of the corpse, hearing Berg’s assurance that it is only a body. Eventually, he reasserts his choice of the medical profession. Krzysztof Zanussi’s psychological drama continues the issues of the cinema of moral concern and intellectual ethical dilemmas related to the medical profession. The film won the Golden Lions and the Best Actor Award for Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, as well as the Journalists’ Award at the 25th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (2000). It triumphed as the winner of 7 Eagles, Polish Film Academy Awards (2001) for best film, directing, screenplay, music, editing, production and acting, as well as numerous nominations. The theme of the young protagonists was developed by the director in the film “Supplement”. (2002).


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 37 min
Size: 	2.81 GiB
Codec: 	h264
Resolution: 	1920x1080 
Aspect ratio:  	16:9
Frame rate: 	25.000 fps
Bit rate: 	4 001 kb/s
BPP: 	0.077
#1:  	Polish 2.0ch AAC LC @ 127 kb/s


Subtitles:English, Polish

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