Mug

Directed by Malgorzata Szumowska
Memento
2018
91 Minutes
Poland
Polish, Romany, Latin, English
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated
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After fun-loving Jacek is disfigured in an accident at work, he becomes the first person in Poland to receive a face transplant, which leads to his status as a national hero and martyr.

  • Highest Rating
    "The film is hilarious, and manages to be provocative though with a sense of humility. Five Stars"
    Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming
  • Highest Rating
    "[D]arkly satirical yet enormously enjoyable...."
    Geoff Andrew, Sight & Sound
  • Highest Rating
    "Mug is a strange, engaging film - well and potently acted and directed, a drama that puts you inside its extended community with a mix of robust realism and a streak of fantasy comedy."
    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • Highest Rating
    "Offers a caustic report on the state of modern Poland but is equally approachable by any audience looking for some bitter truths about what lies behind the surface of a carefully manufactured image."
    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "A potent slice of sacrilegious daring, which allows a true sense of humanity to bleed into focus."
    Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema
  • Highest Rating
    "Mug juggles with high concepts of spirituality, religion and commerce to create an absurdist fable about the power of the human spirit and the modern bane of materialism."
    Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
  • Highest Rating
    "Director Malgorzata Szumowska starts her film with a fantastic depiction of human greed, and it's a scene which is both hilariously funny and very disturbing. It sets the tone of the film marvellously."
    Ard Vijn, Screen Anarchy

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