'Papusza' is based on the true story of the Roma poet Bronistawa Wajs (1908 -1987). The film follows Papusza's life from birth to old age: an arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy community before, during and after second world war, then forced urban settlement under the post-war Communist Polish regime and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, and was also rejected by the Roma community for betraying their secrets. With beautiful monochrome photography, Papusza gives much insight into the Roma way of life, soon to be swept away by the German invasion of Poland at the start of the Second World War and then the subsequent Communist regime. Speaking mostly in the Roma language, the cast of actors includes mostly non-professionals from Roma families.
The Synopsis and Photos on the site here tell you pretty much everything you need to know. If you are into slow moving stories revealing the inner lives of people of other cultures, you can't go wrong with this one. Obviously, if car chases and special effects are your thing, then you need to look elsewhere. I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 because it was a little slow even for me. On a different night it might well have been 5. I should add that, although pretty much everything works out badly for the main characters, the overall effect is to affirm the human spirit rather than to paint life as meaningless.