The Atlas

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10th December 2019

He's Got The Whole World...

We humans do love to speculate, gossip even, so when a new patient arrives at a psychiatric hospital in Poland, the speculation begins almost immediately.

One doctor nicknames the man ‘Atlas’, Tomasz Kot (“Bikini Blue”, “Spoor”), as he simply stands there all day, arms in the air, like he’s holding the world up, or maybe he got stuck half-through listening to a really good tune.

Anyway, the speculation is rife as to who this man is and what he is doing. From a cheating wife to holding up a collapsing mine to having been captured in Iraq, the tales are tall and writer/director Maciej Kawalski (“Tribute To Solidarity (Short)”, “Zegarmistrz (Short)”), visualises them all for us.

From the opening credits to the final scene, the film is simply beautiful, well written, extremely well produced and shot and, whilst we usually say a short should leave you wanting more, in this instance everything is perfectly rounded off.

As Atlas walks out of the hospital at the end, lookout for the final shot, simply wonderful.

A remote, and a bit crazy, psychiatric hospital receives a curious patient - he doesn't move nor speak but spends his days standing with his hands up. The only thing known is his nickname - "The Atlas".

Maciej Kawalski

Maciej Kawalski

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