ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD, from Poland in 2020, released onto the Inter-stream in ’21, was written & directed by Jan Belcl as his feature debut. It helps to be in the right black comedy mindframe, and at ease with absurdist mayhem, raunchy dialogue and rampant sex. Save good taste for a different 96-minutes: wallow in, wallow on.
A veteran detective and a freshman inspector arrive at a crime scene where an entire houseful of young New Year’s Eve party-goers have expired by a number of violent means, with but one dazed and injured survivor carted away mumbling that “all my friends are dead.” Putting the bloody shambles in some logical progression requires flashing back to the incidental pair-offs, accidents, heartbreaks and responses that cascaded into a one-house battlefield. Were the stars aligned?
Split decision time, as audiences will either be turned off by the pitch-dark idea and its mix of vulgarity, carnality and incidental homicide or be amused to find the cast engaging, the cheeky gags bracing and the death-dealing so obviously cartoonish that it works. Call me irresponsible, but I found it funny.
Enthusiastic ensemble work from an impressive cast that includes Julia Wieniawa, Monika Krzywkowska, Nikodem Rozbicki, Adam Woronowicz, Adam Bobik, Mateusz Wieclawek, Paulina Galazka, Wojciech Lozowski and Katarzyna Chojnacka. They’re all good, there’s a fun music score behind the craziness, and if you could stand the audacity of the church-wipe out in Kingsman: The Secret Service you’ll have no trouble with this wildarse farce. Skip the dubbed version: stick with subtitles.