Theresa Connelly makes her directorial debut with her own screenplay, a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy-drama, set in working-class Detroit, about a large Polish-American family run by matriarch Jadzia Pzoniak (Lena Olin). Her four boys obey her, but adolescent Hala (Claire Danes) is rebellious and independent. Although happily married to bakery worker Bolek (Gabriel Byrne), Jadzia engages in an almost-open affair with Roman (Rade Serbedzija). Hala sneaks off for late-night trysts with her handsome neighbor Russell Schuster (Adam Trese), resulting in her pregnancy. After her parents learn the news, Russell is forced to marry Hala, and a big Polish wedding is planned. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
I couldn't quite understand it. The three main characters are all outstanding actors!! The mother's character was rather interesting at times- in the way she viewed things...but the father and the daughter was so lukewarm and unexciting. And I agree with the others, what was the freakin' point of the whole movie? How people become trapped into continuing patterns of lower class lives? The synopsis posted in misleading, makes it sound rather like "my big fat greek wedding", but it isn't anything like that at all. You don't even see a wedding and I didn't see any comedy. Just lots of drama without any real result. Very disappointing and unsatisfying.