When two young men arrive at a family-run guesthouse in rural France, their anticipation of a few days' peace and quiet is undermined by a variety of sinister occurrences. A small bird is found murdered, its neck in a tiny noose, a strangely sexualized stain appears on a wall, and a slug crawls across the breakfast tray. Are these all signs comprising a portent of truly cosmic significance, or merely bizarre coincidences? And is it any wonder that one of the visitors, Witold (piercing-eyed Jonathan Genet) has such difficulty writing his novel, or that his companion... Fuchs (Johan LibÃ©reau) prefers to find solace in earthier pleasures? The final film by the late Andrzej Å»uÅawski, director of the legendary Possession (the only Cannes-winning arthouse film to be officially classified as a video nasty), Cosmos adapts Witold Gombrowicz's legendarily challenging novel into a beguilingly witty combination of (deceptively) lighthearted French farce and a complex, knowing reflection on the absurdities both of humanity itself and the way that we define our notion of the universe according to our individual hang-ups. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition digital transfer of the film supervised by Andrzej Å»uÅawski New subtitle translation approved by Å»uÅawski Hanging Sparrows: A retrospective making of interview featurette including cast (Jonathan Genet, Victoria Guerra, Jean-Francois Balmer, Clementine Pons), crew (cinematographer Andre Szankowski and others) and archive footage of director Andrzej Zulawski A Brief History of Gombrowicz - An interview with Rita Gombrowicz and on the life and work of Witold Gombrowicz Bleurgh - Daniel Bird on the films of Andrzej Zulawski and adapting Cosmos into English Trailers Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options [show more]
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Andrzej Zulawski directs this psychological drama, adapted from Witold Gombrowicz's novel. Struggling law student Witold (Jonathan Genet) arrives at a secluded French guest house for some much needed time away with his friend Fuchs (Johan Libéreau). After being welcomed by owner Madame Woytis (Sabine Azéma), Witold goes for a walk in the woods, only to be confronted by the disturbing scene of a sparrow hanging from a tree. When a number of other objects are subsequently found hanging in the same way, Witold and the others begin to believe that the sinister discoveries are a sign that one of them could be next.