Bucolic – Hot Docs 2022


Bucolic – Hot Docs 2022

Danusia and her daughter Basia live far away from the modern world, in tune with the rhythm and laws of nature, among animals and the spirits of the dead. The peace and sense of security offered by their enclave come at a price – the women increasingly long for contact with other people. Bucolic is an affectionate observation of people who live in a different way. It evokes a curiosity about their world and a desire to take a closer look.

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Two women live isolated from the world on their farm in . 65-year-old Danusia and her 35-year-old daughter Basia live in isolation from the rest of the world on their farm on the outskirts of a village in central Poland. Danusia and Basia live in turn with rhythm and laws of nature, among animals and the spirits of the dead.

Bucolic is an observational documentary by filmmaker Karol Palka, who follows life on this isolated farm over the course of a year. The film begins in a very haunting fashion, as Danusia and Basia's work on the farm is accompanied by the song “Specially for You” by Ukrainian folk-rock band DakhaBrakha. This eases you into the world of these women, who routinely claim to communicate with spirits.

Probably the best description of Bucolic is that it is an observational look at isolated rural life and superstition from the point of view of two women, who have little contact with the outside world. Probably the most interesting aspect of Bucolic is the film's use of music, whether be the aforementioned song by DakhaBrakha, which bookends the film, or the score by the Polish electronica artist We Will Fail, which often clashes with the visuals. Overall, Bucolic is an interesting observational documentary, with a vague folk-horror feel to it.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.