Anything can Happen (1995)
Anything can happen (’Wszystko moze sie przytrafic’ in it’s native polish) is a documentary film by Marcel Lozinski which on first glance is nothing particularly exciting. It follows Marcel’s son Tomek who at the time was 6 years old, ‘interviewing’ old people in a park. The topics range from a wide variety of childish innocence questions, but some end up touching a nerve and revealing a lot about the people he questions.
One of the main things I found interesting about the documentary was that because Tomek was a child he could get away with saying statements or asking questions that an adult would never dream of asking or even thinking of asking, for example asking the old people about death, and asking ‘Will you still be alive in 2,5,10 years time?’ Another interesting detail I found about the documentary is that ‘nothing’ really happens but at the same time a lot happens. There is no beginning, middle and end, there are no hero, helper and princess characteristics. On the surface it’s quite difficult to describe the film without deeper meaning because essentially all the film is, is 39 minutes of a child talking to old people and riding a scooter in a park, however the context of the situation and what answers the child gets from his innocent questions speak volumes, in fact at times words are particularly unimportant and unnescairy, One scene where a woman shrugs her shoulders when asked if ‘she was happy’ meant more than about 1000 words.
I do wonder how much of the documentary Marcel had to filter through to get this film however, I can’t imagine how much ‘filler’ footage he’d have had to make before he got the footage he wanted to use, I also wonder on the position of the interviewees and how much they knew would be used and for what purpose.
In summary this film sums up the contrasting world and viewpoints between the blank slate of youth and the dwindling decline of life. in terms of Tomek’s life ‘anything can happen’