|Richard J.Brzostek - 05/02/2007
Hilarious Film About Daily Life in 1970s Poland, December 12, 2004
"Mis" (or "Teddy Bear" in English), directed by Stanislaw Bareja, is a hilarious comedy about people cheating each other every chance they can. To an extent, it is also about daily life in 1970s in Poland. Ryszard Ochucki (as played by Stanislaw Tym) discovers some pages of his passport are ripped out, preventing him from going to London where he keeps a bank account. He suspects his ex-wife damaged his passport so that she could withdraw the money first.
He tricks his new girlfriend into helping him get a new passport. She knew that he was cheated with his passport, so now she agrees to do the same in helping him get a new one. As part of their scheme, their friend (who makes films) does a search for a look-a-like, under the guise of staring in one of his films.
One of the funniest scenes in the film is when the filmmakers are shooting the "hunt" scene. Lacking a rabbit, they take a cat and put rabbit fur and ears on it. They release the cat and film the dogs casing the "rabbit" up a tree.
"Mis," made in 1981, is an entertaining 111-minute film poking fun at many situations in 1970s Poland. Understanding the historical and political climate of 1970s Poland makes the film even funnier, but is sure to be funny even with minimal knowledge of this. Additionally, as with any comedy in another language, some of the humor is lost in the subtitles. If you understand Polish, "Mis" is even funnier.
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