Poland, 1981: Behind the Iron Curtain, Janek (Kosciukiewicz), the teenage son of a navy captain, forms ATIL (All That I Love), a punk-rock band whose songs express a frustration with socialism and a desire for freedom, echoing the sentiments of the risin Solidarity movement. At the same time, Janek finds love with Basia (Frycz), a young woman whose father is part of the movement and disapproves of Janek’s military family. When growing social turmoil leads to martial law, Janek’s relationships and ATIL’s music cause serious consequences for his family members, lovers, and friends.
Jacek Borcuch refreshes the coming-of-age film and its familiar tropes — teenage rebellion, first love, and sexual exploration — by setting it within a sobering socio- historical context. His camera captures a conflicting sense of potential change and stifling paranoia, with freedom just out of sight for his protagonists. All That I Love is a bracing, potent reminder that the personal can’t be easily separated from the political.
2010 Sundance Film Festival Programme
Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Jakub Gierszal, Mateusz Bansiuk, Olga Frycz