Maximum Pleasure

Inside every one of us, there lives a little old Polish lady who wants a vacuum cleaner with the most suction power. When we are watching these elderly women hoarding boxloads of gadgets on payment plans, we are inevitably also watching ourselves.

The Finnish documentary hit My Stuff (2013) studied our relationship with consumerism and material things through an experiment on asceticism; the director stripped himself of almost all material possessions. These grandmothers are drowning in purchases and payments, as they rush to live out their twilight years through shopping.

At times we visit a seniors’ dance, but the focus of this collective existence is material. Fulfillment always seems to be waiting at the next product presentation. This cheerful documentary has a tragic twist, and the film’s theme is evermore current.

Text: Reetta Haarajoki / Translation: Liina Härkönen

Director Katarzyna Trzaska will be present at the screening.

Languages: Polish
Subtitles: English


  • Name in Original Language: Maksimum Przyjemnosci
  • Director: Katarzyna Trzaska
  • Country: Poland
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 47 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Andrzej Wojciechowski
  • Editing: Barbara Paciorkowska, Marta Dużbabel
  • Audio: Jarosław Bajdowski, Grzegorz Kucharski
  • Production: Robert Zygmuntowski / Zygizaga


  • Maxim 2: Sunday 1.2. klo 12:00