Bejbi blues is a second movie directed by Kasia Rosłaniec. Her first movie Galerianki, was a shocking portrait of a poor Polish teenagers, selling their body for being able to afford brand clothes (!). Bejbi blues is another tough reality, this time about a teenage mum.
17-year-old Natalia is a mother of a one-year-old baby boy, Antek. The story doesn’t concentrate on the question if a young woman wants to be a mother so early, but about how to cope with it. It starts as a universal story and gives us little bit more. It shows a young, selfish woman, who at the same time feels really lonely. The baby is her source of coping with the harsh reality: left by her own mother, without job and as a consequense, also without money to raise up her child, she tries to still be a good mother. Her egoistic nature causes that she uses people around her but at the same time accuses them of being the source of her problems. Especially from the child’s father, Kuba. Natalia is a synonim for loneliness and just wants to be loved and hopes to give the same to Antek.
Bejbi blues shows the difficult Polish reality but on the other hand, which 17-year-old girl, no matter in which country, would cope easily with such situation? Although it does shows some typical things, like Natalia buying wedding dress at the first opportinuty or Kuba, commenting to his friend that as the family is the most important thing in one’s life, he needs to take care of Natalia and his son.
Editing is little bit disturbing at some points, when we see a black screen for a while and then continue with the same scene right after. Certainly there was some artistic vision behind it, but it gives impression of the actors not being able to play the whole scene at one time. The young actors are really convincing, sometimes only Nikodem Rozbicki, who plays Kuba, can’t fulfill all scenes, especially the ones showing anger. And the small twins, who played Antek, were captured at their best by the director.
And at the end, the end. Wow… I still can’t figure it out, if I really believe that something like that could happen. However, I definitely didn’t expect what I saw. I’m no sure if this could be the reality, but it was a shocking reality which need to be showed in the movies. Otherwise they would be boring and uninspiring.
Bejbi blues was quite successsful abroad: it was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and won prizes during the 2013 Berlinale (Crystal Bear Generation und Generation Special Mention). It’s strong movie also regarding it’s cinematogrpahy and worth giving it a try.