Veteran character actor Zbigniew Zapasiewicz gives a brilliant performance in this character study of an elderly Polish dissident turned diplomat whose career and personal life are unraveling. He’s devastated by the death of his wife, haunted by suspicions of her infidelity, resentful that Poland is just as corrupt and inefficient as in the Soviet era, and increasingly fearful that his staff and colleagues (many of them holdovers from the old regime) are scheming against him. Rumors that he’s a mentally unstable drunk gain credence as his behavior becomes more erratic—yet his inability to function in an absurdly dysfunctional society marks him as saner than the devious incompetents surrounding him. By turns somber and ironically detached, this 2005 drama by writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi moves slowly but accumulates great power. In Polish with subtitles. 117 min.