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Kinoteka 2015: 'Jump' review

★★★☆☆ Surreality dons a cool sixties swagger in Polish novelist Tadeusz Konwicki's intriguing and vaguely baffling Jump (1965). Abandoning the social realism with which many of his cinematic compatriots approached the medium in the aftermath of the war - and with which he initially made his name in print - he creates an elliptical and illusory narrative. It's constructed around its star Zbigniew Cybulski, who is decked in a leather jacket and dark glasses, channeling James Dean as well as his own earlier role in Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds (1958). An amalgamation of fraudster and messiah, his absurdist sojourn in a small hamlet prods at the veneer of identities rebuilt from the rubble.

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