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Sweat Rated 15

Sweat

Dir. Magnus von Horn. Poland, 2021. 1h 46m. Polish/subs. Starring Magdalena Kolesnik, Julian Swiezewski, Aleksandra Konieczna, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Lech Lotocki, Magdalena Kuta.

A personal fitness trainer and social media influencer on the brink of becoming a national celebrity basks in the adoration of her devoted online followers and fans. However, after an emotional video goes viral, increasing pressure from sponsors and obsessive fans force her to confront deep insecurities. Magdalena Koleśnik gives an irrepressible, award-winning performance in this perceptive and empathetic look at the highs and lows of social media fame.

‘Sharp, perceptive, and ultimately ruthless when it comes to life under the yoke of social media. It's also smart enough never to regress into shallow, misogynistic finger-pointing.’ ★★★★ Clarisse Loughery, The Independent

‘The film is not a straightforward send-up; it shows compassion for Sylwia and her search for self-definition - for her loneliness and her labour, its drudgery and its physical strain.’ ★★★★ Simran Hans, The Observer