At the request of director Grzegorz Cisiecki, I cautiously entered in to his 2007 short film entitled “Dym,” and hoped to see what would be the seeds of a great director in the making. While in the end “Dym” leans toward being a demo reel for work in the states, “Dym” is also a striking short film delving in to the psychosexual madness our main character endures when experiencing a turbulent romance with his girlfriend.
Zero dialogue is enlisted where visuals do the work of storytelling, comprising various images and incredible editing for the purposes of telling this unusual and surreal story that flashes back and forth. From scenic romantic situations to orgies, from chance encounters with a mysterious woman, to intimacy that fades in to loneliness and despair. While most people won’t be able to make much sense from the Polish film production, director Grzegorz Cisiecki firmly aims toward the cineastes who have a love for Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch.
Reliant on imagery and symbolism that is juxtaposed and paralleled with separate realities, all encounters that may or may not have happened. With the main character, he is apparently struggling with his deeply rooted sexual urges with his newfound love, and this is all conveyed through the rapid fire cutaways and moments of sexual glee that explores sexual taboos that the protagonist dare not speak of, and corridors of his own lust that he’s afraid to venture in to.
All the while he envisions two personalities of his female persona, one of whom is of purity and grace he is somewhat tired of, and the other is a dark and sinister presence tempting him to test her limits, should she have any. “Dym” is first and foremost a visual experiment and work of art for the open minded movie lover, and then a likely wink at potential producers should they be in the market for a fresh new director. Grzegorz Cisiecki is a director with potential whose short experimental film is a hyper sexual and taut experience putting on display crafty editing, stark glimpses in to subtext and undertones, and a perfect example of storytelling without the luxury of words.