|Richard Brzostek - 06/06/2008
"Jancio Wodnik" (Johnny Aquarius) is a very unusual and special film. It is bizarre, supernatural, thought provoking, and memorable. The director, Jan Jakub Kolski, is truly showing himself to be one of the most talented directors in contemporary Polish cinema with this one.
Jancio (Franciszek Pieczka) is a man with a special gift. He can heal people by washing their feet. Becoming restless, he leaves his wife at home and ventures out into the world and helps others. But being human, the path he ends up on isn't exactly on par with his miraculous powers.
Besides the great story, the acting was exceptional. Pieczka was fantastic as he totally has the sage look and act down. Boguslaw Linda was also a memorable addition playing the part of someone with stigmata. As you may have noticed with Kolski's other films, his wife Grazyna Blecka-Kolska stars in the film.
"Johnny Aquarius" is a modern-day fairly tale with morals and lessons. It may make you think about life as it brushes on philosophical issues. Days after watching it, some of the clever messages so intricately woven into the story came back to me as I was reminded of them. If you are looking to watch something a little more deep and meaningful, "Johnny Aquarius" may delight you.
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