|Richard Brzostek - 04/07/2008
"Komornik" gives us a close look into the life of a profession no one likes. Lucek (Andrezej Chyra) is a debt collector that takes his job very seriously. Being cold and hard, two traits needed to do his job, makes it difficult for him to make friends. He is often chased away by the people he visits. His work is legal, yet it is somehow dirty.
Lucek is a "by the books" type of guy who has no reservations taking away medical equipment from a hospital or a musical instrument from a child. He does not care how much they owe or how it will affect their lives. He appears to get a kick out of making people pay their debts even if they owe relatively little. I was left wondering whether he was a power freak.
As we observe Lucek go about his job, the drama and tension build. Several events unfold that make our gung-ho debt collector wonder if he went too far. One of his clients kills himself, making Lucek wonder if he is doing the right thing. To complicate matters, Lucek accepts a bribe to teach someone a lesson. The lesson turns out to be on him as he finds himself stuck in a twisted mess.
"Komornik" is an interesting drama that shows how life can transform a person. Although parts of the film are depressing, it is a realistic portrayal of life in Poland. If you enjoy dramas, "Kormornik" is worth watching as it has an original storyline and good acting.
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