Beautiful but relentlessly bleak, this 2000 Polish feature by writer-director Malgorzata Szumowska follows an angst-ridden 30-year-old, unemployed and still living at home, as his mother’s lung cancer forces him to confront his aimless, loveless existence. Szumowska tells her Beckettian story with disarming simplicity, and Piotr Jankowski plays with an off-the-cuff naturalism the protagonist’s flashes of narcissistic anger, his frantic search for a girlfriend, and his awkward, halfhearted attempts to comfort his mother. Working with minimal available light, cinematographers Marek Gajczak and Michal Englert create a series of shadowy scenes, and Jacek Drosio’s editing enhances the film’s jagged documentary feel. 84 min.