Nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival, this comedy from Polish director Andrzej Wajda stars Zygmunt Malanowicz as Wlodek, a young man stuck in a dead-end job at the local library who lives with...展开his harridan wife and critical in-laws in a small apartment. When Wlodek draws the interest of a library patron, the beautiful young woman encourages him to strive for better things in his life and professional career. Together, the two take off for a three-day affair, but surprises could await Wlodek upon his return home. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Later claiming to have been reacting to personal issues in his own life, Wajda took an immediate interest in Janusz Glowacki’s screenplay about Wlodok, a henpecked husband, in part “to settle the score with women who try to control men’s lives.” The sensitive writer and translator running from his wife and mother-in-law encounters Irena (Malgorzata Braunek), a very modern, very demanding lady, and soon discovers that you should be careful what you wish for. A social satire of romantic and sexual mores much like Innocent Sorcerers, Hunting Flies is both more personal yet less richly detailed. Wajda was nevertheless satisfied with Braunek’s performance, calling her “…a perfect choice. With her broad grin and terrifying eyes magnified by huge glasses, she aptly conveyed the image of a carnivorous fly hunter as conceived by Glowacki in his script.” Also look for a superb cameo by Daniel Olbrychski, Wajda’s post-Cybulski protégé.