Kuba spends his days training as a competition swimmer, indulging in performance enhancing drug-fuelled hook-ups with other men between laps, stuck in a sparkless relationship with Sylwia. He finds himself drawn to the handsome Michal and romance is kindled. The film ultimately seems like an honest and poignant look at love outside the conservative Polish spectrum of normality. It’s emotionally engaging and beautifully shot, but suffers slightly from the tired film cliché of gay love as perpetually doomed and futile.
Floating Skyscrapers | Directed by Tomasz Wasilewski (Poland2013) with Mateusz Banasiuk, Bartosz Gelner, Marta Nieradkiewicz. Starts June 28