The Rite of Passage

Mała matura 1947, 2010, 108 min.

The Rite of Passage (2010)


Director Janusz Majewski
Screenplay Janusz Majewski
Cinematography Adam Bajerski
Music Tomasz Stanko
Art Director Andrzej Halinski
Producer Wlodzimierz Niderhaus
Ludwik Tashke Adam Wroblewski
Romek Szrama Antoni Krolikowski
Professor Maton Marek Kondrat
Major Trzaska Wojciech Pszoniak
Professor “Syfon” Wiktor Zborowski
Ludwik’s Father Artur Zmijewski
Wilinski, Gymnasium Director Olgierd Lukaszewicz
Halberowa, Lawer’s Wife Sonia Bohosiewicz
Corporal of the Milicja Arkadiusz Detmer


It has been two years since the end of World War II. Ludwik and his family leave Lvov and move to Krakow. The boy quickly befriends a group of boys at school and starts a new life in a city he has seen before only on postmarks. He leads a regular life of a fourteen year old boy with first infatuations, practical jokes, and quarrels with teachers. However, that youthful unconcern is constantly confronted with the post-war reality; and when Ludwik is unjustly arrested, a seed of rebellion against the oppression in the name of freedom is born.