Film Discussion Club



Known for the special focus on learning foreign languages, Dąbrowska now offers its students a unique opportunity to acquire English through an exciting journey to the realm of films. This is all possible thanks to the inception of Film Discussion Club which has been in operation since the school year 2017/2018.

Film Discussion Club organises meetings during which there is a screening of an ambitious and thought-provoking movie which is subsequently discussed from various perspectives.

Apart from playing the role of film critics, the students have ample opportunities to practise English in listening, reading, speaking and writing. On top of that, the students have a chance to spend quality time together, get to know one another better or even make long-lasting friendships by sharing the passion for both watching films and learning English.

The Theory of Everything

Directed by James March, the film tells the true story of Jane and Stephen Hawking. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane, The Theory of Everything centres on intelligence, love and disability. Those three concepts meet throughout the film, showing us that life is never either joyful or miserable, but it always surprises us with bittersweet moments.

Back in 1963, young astrophysics student Stephen Hawking falls in love with Jane Wilde, whose academic interest is in literature. Despite his profound knowledge of mathematics and physics, Stephen still cannot decide on his thesis topic, which concerns his friends and professors. Eventually, at a lecture on black holes, Stephen comes up with an idea that black holes may not have been created during the Big Bang, which becomes the subject of his thesis.

Concentrating on his research, the genius astrophysics is about to achieve fame on a world scale and his life is going to change for good. One day, however, Stephen loses control of his body, falls and hits his head. He is then diagnosed with motor neurone disease and informed that his body functions are fading, leaving him about two years to live. So his life is indeed going to change, but in the completely opposite direction. Knowing that her boyfriend is doomed to certain death, Jane stands before a hard choice about her future.

The Theory of Everything covers the problem of obstacles in life. Jane and Stephen are both youthful, ambitious and educated adults whose dreams are yet to come true. They share the love and support each other. All of a sudden comes a real drama that challenges their lives, future and relationship. Although Stephen has a brilliant mind, his body doesn’t cooperate. That is a genuine tragedy!

The movie is doubtlessly ambitious, thought-provoking and well-worth seeing. Each scene is intensified by the incredible soundtrack, created by Jóhann Jóhannsson, which evokes a range of emotions, from joy through deep thought to nostalgia. Along the way, Stephen says: “While there’s life, there's hope.’’ Is there then hope for Jane and Stephen Hawking?

starring – w roli głównej
disability – niepełnosprawność
joyful – radosny
miserable – smutny
profound – dogłębny
thesis topic – temat pracy naukowej
concern – niepokoić
come up with – wpaść na (pomysł)
achieve fame – stać się sławnym
motor neurone disease – stawardnienie zanikowe boczne
fade – pogarszać się
doomed – z góry skazany
cover – przedstawiać
obstacle – przeszkoda
all of a sudden – niespodziewanie
genuine – prawdziwy
doubtlessly – z pewnością
intensified – wzmocniony
evoke – wywoływać
deep thought – zamyślenie


The Way Back

Directed by Peter Weir, the film tells the story of Siberian gulag escapees who travel 4.000 miles on foot in harsh conditions to seek freedom in India. Starring Jim Sturgess (Janusz Wieszczek), Colin Farrell (Valka), Ed Harris (Mr. Smith) and Saoirse Ronan (Irena Zielińska) as the main characters, The Way Back focuses on human will, daring, solidarity, endurance and survival. Those concepts are all present throughout the film, showing us that freedom is not always guaranteed, and the way to be free may need an arduous and superhuman effort.

During World War II, young Polish army officer Janusz Wieszczek is questioned by the NKVD so that he should admit to being a spy. Without any result, the Soviets take his wife into custody and force her to confirm the allegation about her husband. Consequently, Janusz is sentenced to 20 years in a Gulag labour camp in a remote area of Siberia.

While in the Gulag, Janusz meets other prisoners whom he plans to escape with: American engineer Mr. Smith, actor Khabarov, Russian criminal Valka, Polish artist Tomasz, Latvian priest Voss, Polish nyctalopia sufferer Kazik and Yugoslav accountant Zoran. Experiencing a tough time in the labour camp, Janusz imagines the door of a country home, which shows how desperately he longs for freedom. One day, in the middle of an intense snowstorm that covers their tracks, the comrades make a decision to flee from the captivity.

After a number of days travelling across the snows of Siberia, the group gets to Lake Baikal, where they encounter young Polish girl called Irena. On hearing the story of her parents being murdered by Russian soldiers and her being treated with cruelty, the comrades let her in. However, Smith challenges her credibility, which with time turns out to be true. As moving on, the group reaches Mongolia, which happens to be under the communist regime of China, so they change their course to India through the severe conditions of the boiling Gobi Desert.

The Way Back presents realistic shots of extreme nature, from the Siberian landscapes of harsh snow through the greenish lands of Lake Baikal to the severely dry, hot sandy areas of the Gobi Desert. The changing scenes, despite showing the long distance the group goes, illustrate how unbelievably extreme conditions a human being can struggle with, endure and survive just to be free.

The film also reminds us all that in times of war freedom cannot be taken for granted. It then turns into the ultimate goal we desperately desire to achieve, not matter the risk, pain or obstacles that we must face. What also counts in the pursuit of freedom is solidarity. The friendship which the characters share help them one another be brave, strong and persistent in the aim they all have in sight. But is there enough luck for everyone to survive the long way back?

gulag – gułag (radziecki obóz pracy)
escapee – uciekinier
harsh / severe / tough – surowy, ciężki
seek – szukać
will – wola
daring – odwaga
endurance – wytrzymałość
arduous effort – żmudny wysiłek
admit – przyznawać się
custody – areszt
confirm the allegation – potwierdzać zarzut
sentenced – skazany
labour camp – obóz pracy
remote – odległy
nyctalopia sufferer – cierpiący na kurzą ślepotę
long for – pragnąć
cover tracks – zatrzeć ślady
comrade – towarzysz
flee from the captivity – uciekać z niewoli
encounter – napotykać
let in – (tutaj: pozwalać dołączyć)
challenge credibility – kwestionować wiarygodność
boiling – upalny
struggle – zmagać się
endure – wytrzymywać
remind – przypominać
taken for granted – brany za pewnik
ultimate goal / aim – cel nadrzędny
face – stawiać czoła
pursuit – pogoń
obstacle – przeszkoda
persistent – wytrwały
in sight – w zasięgu wzroku


Inside Out

Animated films are generally believed to be entertainment for young ones, depicting stories of cartoon characters and their adventurous lives that appeal to kids. Children can dive into a world of an imaginary life and go on their exciting journey to the unknown. But for some movies there is more than that, as they convey meaning that goes unnoticed at first glance. Such is the case with Inside Out, an Oscar-winning animated film directed by Peter Docter. Despite presenting the life of an ordinary family who is about to move house, Inside Out concentrates on human emotions that put this family into action.

Back to when she was 11, Riley Andersen and her parents move from Minnesota to San Francisco for the reason that her father gets a new job. Although Riley misses the time in her hometown, she tries to look on the bright side of the move. The reality, however, turns out to be quite the nightmare: the house looks like a dump, their belongings are lost on the way, her father gets overworked, and pizza, which Riley adores, happens to be inedible! It looks like her life can’t get any worse.

At the same time, Riley’s life is portrayed from within her mind. There, since she was born, five personifications of her emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – have been orchestrating her life the way each of them individually wants, which often results in the emotional rollercoaster of Riley’s life. Apart from pure emotions, the film reveals the complexity of the human brain, namely: long-term memory, imagination, abstract thoughts and subconsciousness.

The two worlds – outside and inside – overlap throughout the film, showing us that our outer actions are in fact dictated by our inner emotions. The interesting thing is that not only joy, as we might think, but all our emotions are positive, no matter how negatively we can look at sadness, fear, disgust or anger. There can be no joy without sadness, as sadness is the opposite of it. Our life would constantly be at risk if we didn’t feel fear in dangerous situation. We couldn’t admire the beauty of life if we were unable to feel disgust at the ugliness around us. And finally, we would know no calm if we never felt anger in our heart.

Inside Out is without a doubt an intelligent and riveting film for viewers of all ages. In addition to its top quality animation and a surprisingly great sense of humour, the film makes us realise that our life always depends on our attitude to it. In other words, our life is as we see it, because the way we think creates the world around us.

depict – przedstawiać
appeal to – podobać się (komuś)
dive into – zanurzyć się w
convey – przekazywać
go unnoticed – pozostać niezauważonym
at first glance – na pierwszy rzut oka
nightmare – koszmar
dump – nora, dziura
belongings – dobytek, mienie
inedible – niejadalny
orchestrate – zaaranżować
reveal – ujawniać
subconsciousness – podświadomość
overlap – zachodzić na siebie
outer / inner – zewnętrzny / wewnętrzny
admire – podziwiać
without a doubt – bez wątpienia
riveting – bardzo interesujący
realise – zdawać sobie sprawę
attitude – nastawienie

Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film tells the story of ballet dancer Nina Sayers whose ambition is to play the main role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet. Starring Natalie Portman as Nina, Black Swan centres on passion, determination and artistic perfection. There is, however, the other side of the coin, as the young ballerina’s achieving perfection turns into an unhealthy obsession.

Back to the start, artistic director Thomas Leroy announces a casting for a new dancer to portray the dual role of the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. Although Nina excels at performing as the White Swan, she fails to personate the Black Swan. Disappointed in herself, Nina tries to persuade Thomas to give her the role, to which he responds with a forcible kiss. Nina bites him and runs away, only to discover the next day that she is on the cast list, which comes as a total surprise.

During rehearsals, Thomas introduces new dancer Lily to Nina and asks her to observe the performance of the younger girl. He marvels at Lily’s talent and ideal embodiment of the Black Swan, which makes Nina feel that her main lead may be at stake. At the same time, Nina gradually starts losing her grip on reality and experiencing hallucinations.

Black Swan is said to be one of the most intriguing psychological thriller of the 21st century. All the scenes are intensified by the darkly captivating soundtrack, created by Clint Mansell, which evokes a range of emotions, from alienation to empathy. The brilliant performance of Natalie Portman, who got an Oscar for that role, adds mystery to the film.

As Edgar Allan Poe once said: ‘All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream’. What makes then Black Swan so gripping is that some of the scenes border on imagination rather that focus purely on reality. Is then Nina Sayers’ dream to become the perfect Swan coming true or just living inside of her mind?

starring – występować w roli głównej
the other side of the coin – druga strona medalu
announce – ogłaszać
portray – odgrywać role
excel – wyróżniać się
personate – wcielać się
persuade – przekonywać
forcible – wymuszony
cast list – obsada
rehearsal – próba
marvel – zachwycać się
embodiment – wcielenie
main lead – główna rola
at stake – zagrożony
gradually – stopniowo
grip – kontrola
captivating – urzekający
evoke – wywoływać
range – zakres
alienation – wyobcowanie
gripping – wciągający
border on – być na granicy
purely – wyłącznie
come true – spełniać się


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie which brings goosebumps
WARNING: Contains spoilers of ‘STAR WARS EPISODE VIII’. You are reading at your own risk.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ directed by George Lucas is a movie which shows the classic action theater aspect – the war between good and evil. Seeing the title, we can say that events take place in the universe and that is exactly what is happening.

The main characters are incredibly well-interpreted and presented by: John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, with Gwendoline Christie in her returning role together with the new cast members: Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. Of course, there is also Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker together with Carrie Fisher who impersonates Luke’s twin sister – Princess Leila. The movie was dedicated directly to her, in her memory, as her last performance. How can we forget about Adam Driver who played Kylo Ren, also known as Ben Solo? And Daisy Ridley who performed as Rey?

What about the music? As always, the perfect job was made by John Williams whose magnificent tunes fit into that piece of art just supremely. During the time when the music sinks into us, we can get into action more and more and feel every emotion radiating from this movie more intensely.

The whole action is basically but not entirely around Rey who learns about her powers and is trained by the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker who tries to do something as a compensation for his previous mistakes. Rey also finds out about her special connection to Kylo Ren, the evil and lost Supreme Leader’s disciple. The plot is surrounded by a huge war between Resistance fighters and the First Order.

This feature is, indeed, breathtaking! There are a lot of unexpected and surprising twists and turns which I really enjoyed watching. Firstly, I was not sure if I would want to watch it, because – let’s be honest – this kind of action is not my thing… But after all, I cannot say that I regret anything. Anyone who thinks that watching this episode without seeing the previous ones is pointless is wrong, because I haven’t watched any other part either and after having watched “The Last Jedi” I still do not find the reason I should.

Of course, there were some scenes that I did not like, but it is only because they do not go the way I would like them to. But it only added some more adrenaline and emotions into the whole thing.
Also, besides all this facade of fight and war, there is love but not only the romantic one. There is also a family kind of love. And, of course, where there is love there must be betrayal and disappointment.

All in all, I really enjoyed watching “The Last Jedi”, especially in IMAX, which brought me only good memories and made the whole experience somehow more realistic. I can ensure everyone that after watching this piece of art you will not regret that.

goosebumps – gęsia skórka
take place – odbywać się
cast – obsada
impersonate – odgrywać role
magnificent – wyśmienity
supremely – absolutnie
sink into – zatopić się
radiate – emanować
entirely – całkowicie
compensation – rekompensacja
disciple – wierny uczeń
plot – fabuła
feature – film
twists and turns – zwroty akcji
pointless – bezsensowny
facade – powierzchowność
betrayal – zdrada
ensure – zapewniać



"What we do in life echoes in eternity"

It takes plenty of strength to become a true hero. Being persistent in such virtues as honesty, loyalty, bravery and goodwill is what makes the perfect protagonist of every story to tell. Gladiator is one of these, with the exception that it is one of a kind. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film presents the story of General Maximus whose ambition is to rise through the ranks of gladiatorial arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.

In AD 180, General Maximus Decimus Meridius, the leader of the Roman army, returns home after a winning battle against Germanic tribes. There, he finds out that Emperor Marcus Aurelius would rather see him as his successor than Commodus, his own son whom the Emperor perceives unfit to rule. Getting to know that, Commodus murders his father, announces himself the new Emperor and asks Maximus to swear loyalty, to which he refuses.

Commodus has Maximus arrested and informed that he and his family will die. With luck, Maximus managed to break out of captivity and then he reaches Trujillo, where, after he buries his already dead wife and son, he passes out. Next, he is taken as a slave and sold to a gladiator trainer called Proximo. Being highly successful as a gladiator in local tournaments, Maximus ends up fighting in a mask in Rome’s Colosseum.

After yet another winning combat, Commodus enters the Colosseum to congratulate the masked gladiator. He orders Maximus to show his face and give his name. At his request, Maximus takes off his mask and says to Commodus: "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." Commodus is shocked at Maximus’ words and even more dismayed by the crowd who wishes Maximus to live...

No doubt all the movie is deeply touching. Each scene is intensified by the incredible soundtrack, created by the great Hans Zimmer, which evokes a range of sentimental emotions. Along the way, Maximus says: “What we do in life echoes in eternity.’’ Is there then a chance for Maximus to do what he has promised to himself in life?

Here are some comments on Gladiator from the FDC students:

"I really enjoyed watching that movie and I also think of it as of one of the best films in history."
~ Klaudia

"I really like Gladiator because of the theme of the film. A dramatic story including love, hope, service for Rome and becoming a slave whose family were crucified."
~ Kacper

"I really enjoyed this movie. It's full of action, love, honour, courage and brothership help, all at the same time. The main character, Maximus, is the best example of a person who never gives up."
~ Michał


strength – siła
persistent – wytrwały
virtue – cnota
with the exception – z wyjątkiem
one of a kind – jedyny w swoim rodzaju
rank – stopień
avenge – pomścić
tribe – plemię
successor – następca
perceive unfit – uważać za nieodpowiedniego
announce – ogłosić
break out of captivity – uciec z niewoli
bury – pogrzebać
pass out – stracić przytomność
tournament – turniej
combat – walka
at sb’s request – na czyjej żądanie
vengeance – zemsta
dismayed – zaniepokojony
evoke – wywoływać
range – (tutaj: wiele)


The Notebook

"I am no one special, just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me, that has always been enough." ~ Noah Calhoun

Love, as we think of it, grows up with time. It is first born as an innocent child, then it matures facing obstacles in life. Momentarily it comes fully alive again, but only to age and die in the end. But what never dies in love is the memories of it, and as long as we recall those moments, our love stays with us always and forever. This is how love can be seen in the Notebook, a great American romantic drama directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Back in 1940, a simple quarry worker Noah Calhoun gets captivated by a youthful 17-year-old girl called Allie, after the two meet at a funfair. Soon, they fall madly in love and experience a summer love affair. Noah takes Allie to an abandoned house and promises her that he will restore it and make it their own home one day. Allie’s mother Anne disapproves of her daughter’s romance with Noah and calls him worthless, to which Noah reacts furiously. The couple have an argument and break up. The next morning, Anne informs her daughter that they are moving back to Charleston. Getting to know that, Noah rushes to Allie’s house, but it is too late… The family are gone…

During World War II, Noah makes a decision to join the army and fight. At that time, Allie becomes a volunteer at a hospital for wounded soldiers, where she meets officer Lon Hammond Jr., a young lawyer. With time they get engaged, to the delight of Allie’s parents. After the war comes to an end, Noah returns home and makes up his mind to buy and renovate the memorable abandoned house with the intention of impressing Allie. When she finds out about it, Allie decides to pay a visit to the house and then…

Will Allie make a choice to leave Lon and stay with Noah?
Will Noah be able to reunite with Allie?
Will Allie and Noah live happily ever after?
Will they always remember their love?

You must definitely see it!


grow up / mature – dorastać
innocent – niewinny
face obstacles – zmagać się z przeciwnościami losu
recall – pamiętać, wspominać
quarry – kamieniołom
captivated – zauroczony
youthful – młodzieńczy
funfair – wesołe miasteczko
madly – (tutaj: bardzo mocno)
affair – romans
abandoned – opuszczony
restore / renovate – odnowić
disapprove – nie zgadzać się na coś
worthless – bezwartościowy
furiously – z wściekłością
have an argument – pokłócić się
break up – zerwać
rush – pędzić, biec
wounded – ranny
get engaged – zaręczyć się
to the delight of – ku zadowoleniu
make up one’s mind – podjąć decyzję
find out – dowiedzieć się
pay a visit – odwiedzić, złożyć wizytę