THE POLISH BRIDE
One of four Dutch films in a cinematic quartet that explores the
end of the millennium in Holland, this is an exquisitely tender
love story between misanthropic farmer Henk and Anne, the
abused woman he takes in, whose life of forced prostitution
leaves her mentally and physically beaten.
The unlikely couple slowly begin to care for each other, with
Anna drawing out Henk from his hermit's shell and breathing life
into his veins while he infuses her with a worker's rough love of
the land. But an urgency underscores the cautious opening of
their hearts with the pressing intrusion of bank foreclosure on
Henk's land and the violent pimps who return to claim Anna as
their own. Director Karim Traidia keeps a respectful distance on
his subjects by letting the characters express their budding,
mutual fondness in understated ways that only deepen the
cumulative effect of his deeply-felt film.
THE POLISH BRIDE is Karin;1 T ra"i"dia's feature film debut.
Motel Films BV