The left eye.

Read it, can you see a number?

96, 35, 26.


Breathe in.

It will be 92 when I breathe in.

Breathe out.

It's 88 when I breathe out.

It's 175, I didn't straighten up.

Let it be 175.

I practice sport, often measure myself.

125/80. Thank you, next.

Want to go to air forces with such height?

I'd like to.

So you're an alpine instructor?


I read something about you,

about the Himalayas.

It was about my father, he died 10 years ago.

Fine, Partyka.

Sign this.


It's on your left.

What's going on?!

Lower me!

What's going on?

I'm not going anywhere!

I don't want to get killed!

Leave me alone!

Come on, you lazybones!

Or I'll throw you down!

Are you in a hurry?



Pay for it.

Excuse me, 84 zloties.

Thank you.

Take it, you'll have to buy a ticket.

I'll manage to come back somehow.

- Take it.

- But mum...

No way.

- Bye.

- Take care.

- Your old man was going this way?

- In 1960?

I don't know.

He came earlier with the Swiss people.

I don't know which way, neither does mother.

How old was he then?

He was 24 when I was born

and 36 when he died.

Boleslaw Partyka, geologist, alpinist

How much service do you have left?

Two months.

What then?

I'll get to work.

I want to spare some money and get an apartment.

Maybe I'll get on some extramural studies.

Your father was a chilly guy too,

always shivering.

He was?

I didn't know that.

Where are you going to work?

I'd like to work in Warsaw.

You finished technical college, didn't you?


Can something be done about it?

Give me a call

when you finish your national service.

Thank you.

Your ID, please.

Are you the recommended person?

I think so.

Please come to human resources department, sir.

The gentleman has come.

It's a busy place, you know.

We have a serious rival.

- You worked there, right?

- Where?

In the International Trade and Fair Company.

No, I didn't.

- Nice to meet you.

- Hello.

- This gentleman is an electrician?

- Of course.

I'm glad when young people come to work here.

Let's go.

I don't want any misunderstandings, but...

I don't even know

the man who called to recommend me.

- What's your name?

- Witold.

Mr. Witek, for me you can be a total stranger,

but you have to be honest.


I got the job.

The salary is small, but... Hello?

But there are business trips

to various countries.


Next week

I'm going to apply for a passport

and I'll probably go to India.

Yes, to India, to Mumbai.

I can spare some money...

I don't spend much lately anyway...


I'll probably buy a camera

or borrow one from my friend.

Yes, but... I think about my studies now.

Yes, I take care of myself.

I jog, train a bit.

I eat fruit... I ran out of coins!

What are we going to do now?

Go and buy 50 m of this fabric.

- Do you have dollars?

- Only my own.

Boys will stay for the night

and it will be done in the morning.

It's our third night shift.

I don't give a damn about such trips.

I'd rather prepare a fair in some Polish village.

- Do you have anything to declare?

- No.

- How many skins do you have?

- 4, but

it's for my wife, I'm not going to sell it.

Man, wouldn't you sell me one skin?

I'll pay you in foreign currency.

Why in foreign currency? It's 1000zl.

- OK.

- In front of the building.

Your father used to make slides, don't you do it?

It's beautiful.

- I'll hang it on the wall.

- I lost my camera.

I'll take photos next time.

- You're leaving again?

- Yes.

For how long?

There's a chance of going to USA.

For two months,

lots of interesting work and money too.

We could repaint the apartment...

14 dollars a day, can you imagine?

And how do you exchange dollars?

I haven't done it yet.

One can exchange bonds, right?

Mum, I don't do anything dishonest.

Prices are rip-off now.

When one buys medicine for dollars

it's horribly expensive.

I bought it myself so I know.

How are you?

I'm fine.

How about your studies?

I'm thinking about it.

You don't have time?

I think I'm not mature enough.

And I have to spare more money.

It's hot in India now, isn't it?


Tell me more.

But I told you

almost everything about the trip.

It wasn't easy to get information

from your father either.

Mum, what do you think... Why did he die?

Did he stumble over a stone? Is that possible?

If that stone was...

You think that it was bound to happen?

I think it was.

How about grandpa?

Was it bound to happen to him too?

He could have been somewhere else then,

on another street.

Was it bound to happen?

Why does he take me to USA?

Who, Mariusz?

Actually he should reprimand me for India.

You have him in your grasp.

You saw him selling what we do here.

He knows someone supports you

so he won't hurt you.

You're saying that he's doing it for himself?

I'm not saying anything.

What about "Dead Souls"?

We slog away for three shifts,

then he throws us a little party.

He doesn't pay for it,

gets the cash for himself.

He takes names from a phonebook

while doing the settlement.

Mariusz is a good guy.

I knew him before working here.

He used to visit our old neighbour

and bring her medicine

bought for his own money.

3 seconds to start...


10 seconds!

You lost 3 seconds for the scarf!

Come on!

It's over 30 now!

You're there in less than a minute!

You play the lottery?

It's for fun.

I play roulette, write down the numbers,

count the average spread.

You're going to study mathematics?

I don't know yet.

Aren't you afraid that time goes by?


I'm a bit afraid.

It's a way of catching the fate red-handed.

But nothing stands behind it.

You can't win or lose anything.

I can. I play with myself.

Sure. You're lucky anyway.

I applied for a trip to France

but it won't work out.

You'll spend 3 months in USA.

Will you buy a car?

No, I want an apartment.

I want my mother

to come back to Warsaw.


we have to spare money for our expedition.

You think that we'll really go to the Himalayas?


Excuse me.

Mum? What is going on?

I don't know.

Are you in pain?

My hand is going numb.

It's draughty here.

I understand you. You say it's draughty, but

- Yes!

- What can I do about it?

It's the way they build today, you know it yourself.

Everyone complains here but does no good himself.

So what can be done?


I'll move your mother when there is a free bed.

You have to do it now.

I don't have to do anything.


I have it here, I'm checking.

That's right, thank you.

- How much?

- What?

How much do you want?

I'll give you advice.

Leave this place at once.

Or I'll call the police. I have a witness.

Just tell me how much...

Yes, I'm coming.

If I see you here again

I'll have you removed from here.

- It isn't done this way.

- What way?

It should be in an envelope,

foreign currency preferred.

He knows you work abroad.

It can't be done other way?

If you have some contacts in Warsaw, use them.

Yes, of course, I will use them.

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Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi, (born 17 June 1939) is a Polish film and theatre director, producer and screenwriter. He is a professor of European film at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland where he conducts a summer workshop. He is also a professor at the Silesian University in Katowice. more…

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