Two Worlds

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“When I was three years old I was already helping my parents,” recalls Laura, now age 12. Her deaf parents, Aneta and Adam, rely on Laura to mediate the logistics of day-to-day life. She is the translator and go-between for her parents, helping with a loan, dealing with doctors, and choosing cell phones—and also finessing a parent-teacher conference. “Sometimes my parents only understand half of what I’m interpreting for them,” she confesses. Director Maciej Adamek’s perceptive study of family relationships includes subtle visual and aural humor, which balances the weight of adult responsibility on a 6th-grader. Laura’s duties seem so much greater than those of her schoolmates, and the film has a glance at the incipient teenager to come. Vérité footage of the family at home, scenes of Laura at school, and sequences from old home movies amplify the film’s compelling character portraits.  NK

Director

Maciej Adamek

Producer

Jacek Kucharski

Editor

Slawek Gozdzik

Cinematographer

Matuesz Skalski

Original Title

Dwa Swiaty

Release Year

2016

Festival Year

2017

Country

Poland

Run Time

52 minutes

Subtitled

Yes