Ticket to the Moon

An 18-year-old boy has several life-changing experiences in the summer of 1969, as he travels from his small farming village to a naval base where he’ll begin three years of military service. Cinematographer Michal Englert achieves some fine, tactile effects with both sunlight and neon, and his work is easily the most artful part of this sappy period drama (2013); writer-director Jacek Bromski bombards the viewer with coming-of-age cliches and canned 60s nostalgia, letting up only to issue some simplistic condemnations of communist-era surveillance culture. The quintessential moment might be when the hero loses his virginity to a kindhearted burlesque dancer while the Apollo 11 moon landing plays on TV. In Polish with subtitles.