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All That Really Matters

Directed by Robert Glinski

Poland | 98 minutes | 1993

Polish and Russian with English subtitles

A true story of the triumph of love over adversity, based on the lives of Jewish poet Aleksander Wat, his wife Ola and their son. It is 1939 and the Wat family flees Nazi-occupied Warsaw for the presumed safety of the Communist East. Wat is arrested during a Stalinist purge, and Ola and their son are exiled to Kazakhstan. Against all odds Ola and her son vow never to give up their dream of being reunited with Aleksander. "Why do people pray?" the child wants to know. "Because they want to have hope," Ola replies. In a story that beautifully captures our ability to inflict senseless cruelty as well as to act with utter kindness, All That Really Matters in the end, is love.
Foreign Title Wszystko, Co Najwazniejsze
Director Robert Glinski
Countries of Production Poland
Year of Presentation 1993
Language(s) Polish and Russian with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 98 minutes
Principal Cast Ewa Skibinska, Krzysztof Globisz, Adam Siemion, Boguslaw Linda
Award(s)

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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