Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wislockiej (2017)

AKA The Art of Loving: The Story of Michalina Wislocka

Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of Poland People’s Republic, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.

Another biographical film by the producers and screenwriter of the hit “Gods” about Zbigniew Religa, this time with Maria Sadowska at the helm, and again a chance for an attendance record. The theme is similar – communist Poland, a general mood under the title of “must not” and “can not”, and a hero who fights against prohibitions, against inertia and changes the world.

We meet the famous sexologist Michalina Wisłocka – fantastically played by Magdalena Boczarska – in the 1970s, when, already a well-known doctor and author of widely read columns in the women’s press, she fights for the publication of The Art of Lovemaking. The bestseller, which has sold 7 million copies to date, was blocked by the party, the Church and the male gynaecological community. Shot in the comedic style of Bareja’s films, the scenes of the talkative Wisłocka arguing with these three patriarchal forces are interwoven with the heroine’s life story. The story of how a girl who was not keen on the erotic sphere of life became a guru of sex which gives pleasure and builds a sense of closeness. In these scenes the filmmakers are not afraid of melodrama, they show the difficult relationships Wisłocka entered into and the price she paid for her independence and her mission to free people from superstition and guilt. The film, which not long ago could have been seen as a compelling, well-realised, historical picture on a spicy subject, today, in the era of the conservative counter-revolution, especially directed against women’s freedom and sexuality, becomes a political statement. It is important because it is very human