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Overloaded child

Communion
Regissør: Anna Zamecka
(Polen)

Without adults to keep track of their daily lives, a young girl assumes responsibility as the head of the family.

Ola is 14 years old, and the head of the family. She struggles with insurmountable tasks, including taking care of Nicodemus – the autistic brother, who lives in her own world. She also oversees their alcoholic father, who is fond of them, but unable to cope with reality. Ola's greatest wish is for her mother to return home to her family. But the mother lives with another man, with whom she has also had children. Nicodem's forthcoming communion – "the first communion," an important rite of passage in a pious, Catholic Poland – seems to be the perfect opportunity to gather the family and lay the groundwork for her return.

Thirty-five days. Anna Zamecca's debut film has won many awards, including the European Film Award for Best Documentary and the Critics Week Award in Locarno, where the film had. . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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