Playground (2016)

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Avg Rating: 3.3 / 5. Voted: 23

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Warning: Includes violence against children

AKA: Plac Zabaw
Year: 2016
Directed by: Bartosz Kowalski
Starring: Nicolas Przygoda (Szymek), Przemyslaw Balinski (Czarek), Michalina Swistun (Gabrysia)
Country: Poland
Language: Polish (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:17:15
Genres: Based on a True Story, Kidnapping, Teens-Childhood

Plot – Spoilers:
Playground follows three kids Gabrysia, Szymek, Czarek through their morning routines as they leave for their final day at school before the summer break. Gabrysia is well-off and feels she’s fat and unattractive to the boys. Szymek lives with his disabled father whose needs he looks into diligently, barring the occasional flareup of rage. Czarek has the most regular middle-class life with his immediate concern being a baby brother whose constant crying bothers him.

The lead-up to Playground’s shocking finale doesn’t really offer any explanations though you could argue and point to the little incidents that build up to it. Especially when they taste blood during the scene with Gabrysia in the ruins.

23 thoughts on “Playground (2016)

  • February 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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    jesus christ….what for a movie….the end is unbelievable sad, brutal, sadistic ………. iam spechless…..

    thanx for the movie admin 😉

    keep up the good work

    p.s very good page without bullshit mainstream blockbusters …..only hard (underground) stuff!

    my respect

    kudos ————> effed up movies!!!

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    • February 8, 2020 at 2:04 am
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      Yep, horrible and a true story sadly!

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  • February 8, 2020 at 1:33 am
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    Thank you so much for this gem of a film. The continuous use of juxtaposition is astounding, and the raw, town life of Polish society is spot on.

    Love effedupmovies.com. It is indeed a destination site. Your work is appreciated more than you may realize.

    Cheers,
    Mike

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  • February 8, 2020 at 3:13 pm
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    I agree I haven’t watched this movie yet, but thank you for posting. I literally wake up every morning, check Facebook, ignore everyone, jump on effedupmovies for a few hours, then back to life…So excited to see a new movie up so often thank you thank you thank you for the much needed break from boring stupid life!

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  • February 21, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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    If you “liked” that movie i would strongly recommend (NOT a request) the ukrainian movie THE TRIBE in which not a single word is spoken cause the entire cast is deaf.
    It´s about this youth gang THE TRIBE and the rise and fall of his newest member.
    Just watch the trailer. I think it´s right up your alley.
    https://youtu.be/UsYmueYoTrw

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    • September 12, 2021 at 6:25 pm
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      looks really good, thanks for the recommendation!!

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  • February 21, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Yeah and by the way… I LOVE YOUR SITE!

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  • February 22, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    That movie pretty much sucked.
    Really sad ending.

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  • February 26, 2020 at 8:39 pm
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    This movie makes you go through a wide range of feelings. Confused, worried, sad, mad.. the beginning is slow. That being said, you have to watch the whole plot because it shows how their behavior really develops and leads to what happens in the playground scene. It’s sad. The ending enraged me. I didn’t know it was based on a true story. I’m not sure if I’d recommend it as a must watch but I think if you have the time you should give it a go or at least read about it.

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  • April 22, 2020 at 6:47 pm
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    Great Thanks for this upload.

    Initially I didn’t realise this was based on James Bulger’s murder.

    When the mall scene came up then it became clear.

    Is it possible to upload the Irish short version of this – “Detainment” which got nominated for oscar?

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  • July 17, 2020 at 9:13 pm
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    Such a sick horrible film anything to do with children sucks if I got my hands on them I’d slit them head to toe cunts

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  • August 1, 2020 at 2:09 pm
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    I remember watching a documentary about this or another child murder like it. Shocking. I only found this site a week ago so thanks because without this site I would have gone completely mad being so bored. Love this website!

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  • October 5, 2020 at 10:47 am
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    IMDB filed this movie as 1h 22m but the version here ia 1h 17m. Do we miss something here and its a cut version?

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    • October 6, 2020 at 6:34 am
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      Regional differences in DVD. Nothing’s cut here.

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  • November 19, 2020 at 8:16 am
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    Seeing that kid hit his father made me incredibly sad

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  • April 7, 2021 at 12:11 am
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    James Patrick Bulger was a 2 yr old boy (almost 3) from Kirkby, Merseyside, England, who was abducted, tortured and killed by two 10 yr olds boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables on Friday 12th February 1993. Thompson and Venables led Bulger away from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle as his mother took her eyes off him momentarily whilst paying for goods in a shop. This film is stupid, sadistic and disgusting.

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    • April 7, 2021 at 1:04 am
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      I’m from the UK and unfortunately grew up with James Bulger’s digusting and unnecessary murder touted as a sort of cautionary tale. It makes my blood boil that the two killers were released so quickly – and then, unsuprisingly, Venables went back to prison on CP charges. He’s one sick fuck.

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      • April 7, 2021 at 12:27 pm
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        The last 10 mins or so were some of the most confronting and saddest thing seen on film imo. Those two twisted fuckers literally got away with murder bc of their age. They should have been in youth detention till 18 and then stuck in jail for 40 years. Instead, the cops gave them a new identity and shipped them off to Australia to live happily ever after. Where was the justice for that little boy? Who knows how many they will kill when they grow up? Shame there is no death penalty for these oxygen thieves.

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  • April 8, 2021 at 1:09 am
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    poor little guy man that ending was brutal af

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  • April 12, 2021 at 8:23 pm
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    Whats really sad to think is that the little boy in this didnt suffer nowhere near as much as poor little james did. Again EUM more than delivers.

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  • May 17, 2021 at 10:27 pm
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    The events of the James Bulger murder inspired this film. It makes for a good movie. It does seem plausible that these characters would end up senselessly murdering a two year old. Sadism. the one kid having a disabled dad (one of the boys irl had disabled family members I think a sibling). Being poor. Not having as much power as your cooler, older brother who doesn’t look as baby-faced or girlish as you, who looks tough with his buzzed hair and not like Sinead O’ Connor. Enjoying tormenting sexually the fat girl who has a crush on you. Teasing animals. If you didn’t know the Bulger case, the end would have been very shocking. The discrepancy between the peaceful area by the train tracks in the bright sunlight, and the casual snuffing out of an innocent life.

    No movie about the events would be a good thing. It was just using some real life tragedy for entertainment, to ponder the question “how could such young people do such a thing?” This film is a fantasy about being able to know and see the inner workings of something so senseless. About being in awe of the evil of human beings.

    As far as why the James Bulger murder happened, it is tormenting thinking about why it happened. Two sadistic kids…left alone…too young and dumb to realize that they can’t get away with murder…they traumatized themselves by the ordeal. One of them seems to be a pedophile in his adulthood (if that CP charge is true). They really wanted to experience what it was like to kill a person. Why a 2 year old? Because it was easier? Did it make them feel all the more powerful, that it was another little boy, only younger one who they had control over? They had asked if they did “get him alive again.” They were just sadistic enough to want to do this, and because of their youth and their particular brain abnormalities they didn’t think through the consequences and didn’t have a completely firm grasp on reality and mortality. In some parallel universe…if the mom hadn’t looked away for a minute. Or a bystander called the cops…or the school system did something more about the truancies…maybe children would have still been psychopaths but they wouldn’t have murdered anyone. At least not an innocent kid.

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  • September 12, 2021 at 8:51 am
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    Cruel… Nasty… Horrible…
    Just like a lot of people..
    The film .. well.. gripping., Shocking.. challenging… Just like cinema should be.
    Ultimately sad thought provoking and Depressing.

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