The burden of premature adult responsibilities forced on children by childish adults has rarely been captured quite so vividly as in 'Communion.'
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Living amid domestic instability and teenage volatility, a sister and brother play out their lives on camera. At fourteen, Ola is already functioning as the woman of the house, cooking and cleaning for her lethargic father and helping her energetic autistic brother, Nikodem, prepare for his first Holy Communion. Throughout, she longs for her mother, whose absence is never explained, yet always deeply felt. As the date of Communion nears, it becomes an opportunity for the family to meet up and Ola is entirely responsible for planning the perfect family celebration. Communion is a portrait of young womanhood and crash course in growing up that teaches us that no failure is final, and that change is possible and needed, especially when love is in question.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 1.05.19 - 1.05.19
Monica Film Center, 1.05.19 - 1.05.19
Glendale, 1.04.19 - 1.10.19
Ahrya Fine Arts, 1.03.19 - 1.03.19
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 73 min
Language: Polish
FEATURED REVIEW: Tim Grierson, Paste Magazine
First-time director Anna Zamecka tracks a Polish family falling apart in 'Communion.' With Mom long gone and Dad barely a presence in the home, 14-year-old Ola is forced to take charge, which mostly means caring for her younger, autistic brother Nikodem as he prepares to receive the ...