“Silent Love” will be showing at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival in Utah on 21/25January. The film has a LGBTQ thread running through it but it is not solely LGBTQ themed.
In this Polish film 35-year-old Aga rushes from Frankfurt back to Warzaw to visit her mother on her death bed. Her mother, a widow, leaves behind her young teen son Milosz who is of course Aga’s brother.
Aga relinquishes her live in lesbian relationship with Maja behind in Germany to care for bother Milosz. As she wants to be the guardian for Milosz, she must apply to Polish authorities and endure questioning and a hearing so as this will take time she returns to her late mother’s village in the Polish countryside.
Aga and Maja exchange visits with Aga trying to persuade Maja to leave Germany and join her in Poland. Maja makes the decision to try and make it a permanent move. This is when the stress starts to build. The Polish village Roman Catholic priest gives a rousing sermon about the sanctity of man and woman as the foundation of a godly life all this with Aga and Maja sitting in the pews receiving a few spiteful looks from the parishioners. Aga must deal with the stress of losing her mother, having to become Milosz’s guardian including an intrusive hearing, dealing with Maja’s family in Poland learning that Maja is gay and dealing with a son who mocks faggots but fails to realize Aga and Maja are gay. Then Aga has to devise effective techniques to discipline 15-year-old Milosz who has stolen 50 zlotys to buy himself an e-cigarette. And of course, Maja has similar obstacles to the world knowing she is gay. Their love once silent is very noisy in the village gossip circuit.
Both Aga and Maja hold firm facing these life events. At the final guardianship hearing for Milosz Aga lies about her live in lesbian relationship fearing a prejudicial sting. The question is once this silent love is “exposed” would it destroy Aga’s case. Are Aga’s lies fatal to her guardianship?
The director, writer and cinematographer is Marek Kozakiewicz.
You can see the trailer here https://vimeo.com/705736699
RKS 2023 Film Rating 83/100.