Warning: Includes violence against children
AKA: Plac Zabaw
Directed by: Bartosz Kowalski
Starring: Nicolas Przygoda (Szymek), Przemyslaw Balinski (Czarek), Michalina Swistun (Gabrysia)
Language: Polish (English Subtitles)
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.