#en Sylwia is a fitness phenomenon and influencer. She has hundreds of thousands of followers, her whole life is about workouts, posting and her bond with her loyal supporters. She shares everything with them – even her despair and loneliness, something her manager doesn’t take kindly to. Her life is upended when she is confronted by a stalker, a pathetic man with whom she shares more than she would care to admit. The dynamic camera follows her every move made, minutely registering the cracks that appear in her meticulous facade and slowly revealing the human behind it. (Rotterdam Film Festival)
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Magnus von Horns Drama Sweat begleitet Sylwia über drei Tage hinweg, bei denen man zunehmend das Bedürfnis entwickelt, sie in den Arm zu nehmen. Denn auch wenn sie bei jeder Gelegenheit andeutet, dass sie ihr Leben als nicht so perfekt empfindet, wie sie mit den definierten Muskeln, ihrem langen blonden Haar und den makellos manikürten Fingernägeln den Eindruck macht: So richtig will das niemand hören. Als sie in einem öffentlichen Video weint, klingelt sofort der Sponsor durch. Man sorge sich, die eigenen Produkte in einem negativen Kontext zu sehen. Nur ein Fremder scheint sich etwas zu sehr für sie zu interessieren: Vor ihrer Wohnung sitzt ein Mann in seinem Auto und starrt sie jedes Mal aufdringlich an, sobald sie ihre Wohnung verlässt.
#en There are some movie characters who take their time to cement themselves onscreen, but Sylwia Zajac (Magdalena Kolesnik), the celebrity workout instructor and social media fiend at the heart of “Sweat,” establishes herself in a matter of seconds. Speeding through a rapid-fire workout routine in the zippy opening sequence of director Magnus von Horn’s taut and emotional character study, Sylwia wears a frozen grin as she moves through an energetic physical routine for a boisterous crowd as the camera swoops around her. There’s an inherent sensuality to Sylwia’s breathless assemblage of planks and pushups, but the balletic display buries the essence of the person beneath the surface. Her face tells a different story, with wide eyes hinting at the anxious, fragile human she’s struggling to contain for the cameras. “Sweat” evaluates that struggle as it pushes Sylwia to a breaking point.
“Sweat” peppers Sylwia’s world with a handful of intriguing figures, including a winning turn from Aleksandra Konieczna as the trainer’s crude, judgmental mother and Julian Sweizewski as the brawny fellow trainer who keeps undressing Sylwia with his eyes. But much of the movie operates as a staggering one-woman show, as cinematographer Michael Dymek’s camera stays close to the actress’ intense gaze as it gradually comes undone, until she figures out a way to button it up again. Kolesnik is such a magnetic screen presence it’s a wonder that this movie marks her first leading role; the character registers with such striking complexity that she singlehandedly elevates the movie above its rather straightforward narrative trajectory.
Her final assessment of her situation — “weak, pathetic people are the most beautiful” — arrives as a quiet act of rebellion against the expectations thrust on her by the outside world. Her transition, however, hovers in a fascinating state of ambiguity. Sylwia knows she risks losing everything by letting them in, and it remains unclear just how much she’s willing to relent until the very last moment. By then, we’re right there with her — and her fans — watching that face, searching for answers.
An accomplished and satisfyingly hard-edged drama (…)
A rivetingly sober, incisive investigation of loneliness and intimacy in the Instagram era, a psychological profile of an influencer. Von Horn observes with involving, nonjudgmental frankness the efforts that go into the maintenance of an appealing online persona. (…)
In a scene that recalls the quietly sinister tone of Michael Haneke’s CACHÉ and moral ambiguity of Ruben Östlund’s THE SQUARE, Sylwia watches from afar as someone “takes care” of the stalker at her request. It’s a strikingly envisioned turn of events that reveals much emotional depth to the protagonist. (…)
Sharply written by von Horn and performed with great subtlety by Kolesnik, SWEAT would most likely have been a hit on the Croisette.
Magdalena Koleśnik is just fantastic (…) a pure pleasure to shadow.
It’s refreshing to see a film that, instead of engaging in some easy social media bashing, just coolly observes it all. (…)