PL, DE

In production

Border Cut

The tiny village of Osinów Dolny has only 200 inhabitants, but it boasts 43 hair salons, resulting in the highest concentration of barbers in the world. Twenty years ago the village did not differ from other Polish settlements along the German border, however, the opening of a bridge linking the two nations resulted in the village finding a new identity as a place for the Western neighbours to get cheap haircuts, and Osinow is now commonly referred to as ‘Dorf der Friseure‘. Many of the clients who visit the salons remember the time when Osinów Dolny was a German village called Nieder Wutzen. Sitting in the barber chairs the elderly clients recall the past and treat the time during their haircut as a confession. The numerous salons in the village became a place for Polish-German reconciliation, while the town can be viewed as a microcosm of new Europe seen through a carnival mirror. The film shows the life of Osinow Dolny, in all its early capitalist tackiness, in the confines of a single day. The Polish protagonists, which include the owner of the oldest salon and her two assistants, the priest, and elderly police officer, and a prostitute, interact with the German visitors, among which there is a hunter, a noble woman taking care of an abandoned cemetery, and a retiree looking for love, and their stories prove to be deeply interwound. The individuals from both sides of the border are fairly simple people who are stripped from a sense of political correctness, and therefore talk freely and in a straight forward manner about the two nations turbulent past, and the impact that history has had on their lives.
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