Never Gonna Snow Again

Dir: Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert
Cast: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza
116mins   2021   Poland   15   Polish    Subtitled    Audio Described F-Rated

When a mysterious stranger arrives in a gated community on the outskirts of a large Polish city, he is welcomed by the wealthy residents who embrace his talents as a masseur. Though his hands provide healing, his eyes seem to penetrate their very souls, lifting a disquiet in each of their lives. Zhenia possesses a magical gift and to the residents his Russian accent also sounds like a song from the past, a peaceful melody from their childhood when the world was a safer place. And though his hypnotic techniques bring calm his background remains a mystery, leaving the residents to wonder what other secrets he holds. Bold, beautiful and mesmeric, featuring a hypnotic lead performance from Utgoff, this outstanding new film is both wondrous, compelling and uplifting.

'Utgoff is irresistibly compelling, instilling in his character a silent yet singular presence worthy of the "superhero" status that he ultimately acquires.' Beatrice Loayza, New York Times