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Hot Docs 2015 Review: “End Of the World”


How would you spend your last day before the end of the world? Would you just dance until you fall into darkness, or get drunk so that you would miss everything, or maybe sit with your friends and talk about the meaning of your lives? Well, the good thing in Monika Pawluczuk`s film, End Of The World, is that you don`t have to worry about any of these options, as she will try to provide the answers as much as possible in her docu-drama.

21 December of 2012. According to the Mayan Calendar, in Warsaw`s time, people are getting ready for the end of the world all over the planet, with one exception – a speaker, a radio presenter, who offers his listeners an idea, which is to call in and share their, assumingly, last hours of life before the end of the world begins.  Pawluczuk `s concept in this film is quite clear and has an interesting point of view of how people react when they think they are about to die.

The radio speaker starts receiving phone calls. A man who receives a call to an emergency number 112 does his best to save a man`s life while help is on its way so that the ambulance workers will have an easier time. During this time, while people call into the radio station, or ask for help, we see at some point, how either their pain, loneliness, or helplessness brings them, around to decide where they either must go on, or just stay there.

The young polish filmmaker has an incredible idea- to examine people`s lives and their approach to a very difficult situation. Every single scene is so much fun to watch, from the beginning when a senior lady calls the station to confess that she still loves her husband, who is in the U.S, and now she has to meet her end alone; or a man who calls emergency to report an accident. End of The World is fun to watch not because it has some hilarious scenes, but because it shows that we don`t need to wait for the end of the world in order to talk, confess our love, cry on someone`s shoulder, or simply go nuts. This film is about moments, and about something we must never forget – compassion, love, and respect.

 Screening Schedule:

Sunday, May 3rd at 8:30 PM, TIFF Bell Light Box

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