'Dzień Kobiet' (Women's Day) is a real feminist drama directed by Maria Sadowska, and starring Katarzyna Kwiatkowska as Halina Radwan and Eryk Lubos as Eryk Gąsiorowski, Halina's boss. It will be very appealing to most women, regardless the less… More 'Dzień Kobiet' (Women's Day) is a real feminist drama directed by Maria Sadowska, and starring Katarzyna Kwiatkowska as Halina Radwan and Eryk Lubos as Eryk Gąsiorowski, Halina's boss. It will be very appealing to most women, regardless the less intelligent decisions the main character constantly chooses. The story is evolving around the heroine, Halina Radwan (Katarzyna Kwiatkowska), and her promotion to a manager, as well as the fight for justice against an unscrupulous, low-cost supermarket-chain, 'Motylek' (Butterfly), after she lost her job.
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Very realistic, familiar situation for many women in which Halina, a single mother, accepts promotion to manageress of the local store, hoping it will lead to greater material success for herself and her daughter. Choosing career and material well-being she starts loosing her principles, colleagues and female solidarity... The screenplay was written meticulously and is based on the true story of Bożena Łopacka, a former manageress of 'Biedronka' (Ladybug), a cut-price supermarket chain in Poland, who took Biedronka to court for twenty-six thousand złoty (over five thousand euro) for two-and-a-half thousand hours of unpaid overtime. This movie is an indictment of what Poles call 'dziki' (wild) capitalism. To make profit for the bosses which are usually from outside, employees are compelled to work semi-legally, with minimum wages as little as five złoty (one euro) an hour, and chronic unemployment which forces workers to fight to keep almost any kind of employment. 'Dziki' capitalism leaves employers with little option other than to bend or break the rules in a competitive environment which was completely opposite of what they had before in the socialist society: guaranteed wages and lifetime job security!
I read few reviews and all of them have attacked the grim portrayal of management training in the film as being exaggerated and over-the-top caricature. But, judging by the internet forum comments of some of those who have undergone such an ordeal, the film paints a realistic portrait! Sad, but true! 'Women's Day' premiered on 8 March, 2013, International Women's Day, and has been described as a Polish version of the Erin Brockovich movie. Recommended for all feminists and perfect viewing for any future manager to be!