9 November 2016 | Red-125
How often do you see a Polish romantic comedy?
Planeta singli is a Polish film shown in U.S. with the translated title Planet Single (2016). It's was directed by Mitja Okorn. Agnieszka Wiedlocha plays Ania, a young music teacher who would love to find a thoughtful, loving person to date and possibly marry. She goes on line to find someone, but the men who show up are universally horrible.
Enter Tomek, (Maciej Stuhr) the host of a TV comedy/reality show. Tomek senses the possibility of using Ania's plight as fodder for his show, and they strike an unholy alliance. Ania will tell Tomek about her dating disasters, and he will use them on his show. In return, he will provide her with a Steinway piano for her classroom. This situation is the basis of the for the remainder of the movie.
Incidentally, for plot purposes, Ania is supposed to be fairly attractive in a girl-next-door way. If you check her pictures on Google Image, you'll see that she's strikingly beautiful. However, there's another actor who is the "beautiful woman" in the plot, so Agnieszka Wiedlocha is relegated to a different role.
This is a complicated comedy so there are other couples involved--all with romantic problems of their own. Even though nothing in the film is highly original, it still worked for me. (Actually, the use of puppets is interesting, but otherwise matters are pretty predictable, but still enjoyable.)
This movie is unusual in that the Polish films I've seen usually have serious--and often gloomy--plots. How often do you see a Polish romantic comedy in the U.S.?
We saw this film at Rochester's excellent Little Theatre, as part of the Polish Film Festival. It's very colorful, and I think it will work somewhat better on the large screen. However, it's worth seeing on the small screen if that's your only option. It carries a solid 7.2 IMDb rating, which is pretty good. I agreed with the other reviewers; I gave it an 8.