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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 111 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Mateus (Dawid Ogrodik) loves to watch the stars and spend time with his father. He loves to look at his neighbour's lush bust and the loving way his mother looks after him. He'd love to share all this with his family. But Mateus suffers from a cerebral movement disorder that makes it impossible for him to speak or control the movements of his body. What makes him particularly sad is the fact that everyone thinks he's retarded. He perceives his environment with all its facets. When his mother can no longer cope with the care of her son, Mateus enters a home. Here, his unbroken will to live is threatening to atrophy completely. But he doesn't give up, because Mateus is sure: the day will come when everyone else will see that he is not retarded...
"In my head a universe" is based on the true story of Przemek, a physically handicapped man who was regarded by his environment as a "vegetable" for years, until it turned out that his mind was completely awake and healthy. Director Maciej Pieprzyca was so taken with his story that he absolutely wanted to tell it in a movie. It was important to him to strike the right note. He wanted to do without false consternation as well as a dramaturgical exaggeration that might have made the film more accessible to a wider audience, but would also have made it far from reality.
That is why he decided to tell the story from the point of view of Przemek, who is called Mateus in the film. His view of his environment is very revealing, but is also full of tenderness and wonderful humour. Pieprzyca is a very haunting mixture of drama and humorous ode to life, which at times is very sad and shattering, but at other times is also filled with tremendous lightness and often unexpected humour.
The performance of main actor Dawid Ogrodik, who never gives the impression that he is just playing Mateus' handicap, impresses the audience. Actually, it is only at the credits, which show recordings of Ogrodik with the real Przemek, that it becomes clear which physical transformation the actor has completed for this role and how impressive his performance actually is.
"In my head a universe" is a moving testimony to the power of the human mind. The film is an entertaining, ironic and also revealing look at our society and our dealings with disabled people. A film that comes along without a raised forefinger and can therefore open the eyes of its viewers. It's a small film that certainly has a hard time finding a wide audience, which is really a pity. Because this wonderful story has what it takes to touch many people and make them happy, precisely because of its pleasantly unsentimental staging. And that clearly deserves an "absolutely worth seeing"!!
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