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Excuse me, what happened?

Nothing, I'm afraid.

I knocked over some boards.

I apologize for the noise.

You're leaving?

I think so.

Tomorrow, I expect.

God be with you.

- I hope you'll be back.

- I don't know. Maybe.

If I do return... it'll be for good.

You're sorry I'm back.

You'd find my room handy.

- What drivel.

- Admit it.

Better a brother in a monastery

than at home.


Who'd pray for us otherwise?

Pure gain.

Where's the gain?

Here or in heaven?

Down here and up there.

And if you were made a saint...

I'll do my best, I promise.

Has any doctor been made a saint?

All professions are represented,

I think.

- Any letters for me?

- There was something.

You didn't want mail forwarded.

It wasn't important.

Anything from college?


Is that good or bad?

I don't know.

Good, I suppose.

Talk to me.

What about? I'd rather be silent.

I'd rather know what's happening to you.

Nothing good.

You had doubts?

Not about God. About myself.

That's not good either.

Some girl rang you.

- What girl?

- You've so many?

- Hanka?

- The movie costume one.

They're looking for extras. If you're

interested, she left a number.

- What about you?

- I've a competition soon.

What is it?


Don't, you can see it's too tight.

I can't take it in!

Literally or metaphorically?


It's really tight.

When did you arrive?

It doesn't matter.

Yesterday. I sent you a telegram.

- You haven't been expelled?

- No.

Is it important?

Why ask me?

Depends what matters to you.

Well, what do you think?

What about?

Us. What else?

Have you made a decision?

Not yet.

And when will you?

Don't say you don't know,

it's so tedious.

Don't just stand there.

Pick something that fits.

You've been in a fight?

Who did it?

My greatest enemy.

Away from the horse, everyone.

Call the doctor.

And an ambulance.

- Let me through.

- No, you're not allowed...

Where was the impact?

I felt something shatter here.

Scissors or a knife, anyone?

Just a moment.

Does it hurt? I'll be careful.

If they take you to hospital,

please leave your costume.

Please keep out of the way,


What are you doing?

It's a natural bandage.

I asked her to cut it.

You shouldn't interfere.

I'm a medical student.

That makes it worse.

Think first and act later.

Not the other way round.

True, it's hardly bleeding.

Cut through the trousers.

We'll take them off.

Can't you wait?

The extras have their turn later.

I haven't come to eat.

I want to explain.

About the trousers? I agreed with

you, so what's there to explain?

- Nothing, actually.

- Something worrying you?

Sit down.

Difficulties with yourself?

Is that so rare?

Everyone has problems.

I told you...

...I was studying medicine.

I wanted to question you,

as a doctor...

Question me about what?

As a student, did you find it...

difficult to be on such close

everyday terms with death?

In the dissecting-room?

No. Not only.

A doctor's role is to be always

present at the deaths of others.

I don't think I could cope with it.

It's too great a burden.

Perhaps I'm too thin-skinned.

I could never talk about it

at medical school, that's

why I thought I'd ask you.

I'm sure you're over-sensitive.

Maybe that led you to this film;

it touches on the subject.

No, I don't even know what

the film is about.

Nor do I.

I need the money. A friend in

the business got me the job.

So this is where you hid from me.

Not from you. Anything wrong?

Nobody was supposed to leave

the set in their costumes.

But you sent off that stuntman

in the ambulance.

It was the last day of shooting.

The costumes must go back.

Where do I find him now?

I can't simply write off

a leather jacket.

Ask me nicely and I'll find out

where they took him.


Is that all?

One good turn deserves another.

Without warning?

Life's short, does it bother you?

It would bother someone else.

I have a boyfriend.

But there are complications.

How do you know?

I'm old enough.

Is it serious?

Very serious.

That's why I'm scared

things won't work out.

- Must they work out?

- We'd like them to.

How did you know?

I sense it.

There are many things I'd like

to ask you about.

Call me in Warsaw.

I will.

Why so impatient?

Wait for me.

I'm impatient?

Carry on.

You're showing off.

Mind the rope

What's bugging you, Filip?

You won't talk to me.

What about?

About you... what's the trouble?



You torment yourself, it's obvious.

- Get off my back!

- Something's wrong.

I hadn't noticed.

Now we can talk.

What are you doing?

- Let me down.

- Relax.

I spoke to your girlfriend.

You're hiding something.

I don't interfere in your affairs.

Because there's no need.

The poor girl doesn't know

where she stands.

Let me down.

I want to help you.

When I need help, I'll ask.

- You need it now.

- But I'm not asking you.

I went too far.

I meant well.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry too.

I'm at my wits' end.

You can see for yourself.

You recognize me?

Are you being coy, or do you think

I suffer from senile dementia?

Not only the old suffer from that.

But it's not one of my complaints.

- Why are you standing there?

- Nobody's asked me in.

I came to tell you about a job.

Some guys shooting a music video

need a doctor.

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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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