Short of the Week

Lucky Day Forever

Prole 514 dreams about winning the Great Lottery. The lottery winner is transformed and allowed admission into the elite White society, where everyone is beautiful, young and happy. A vicious dystopian vision from Poland.

While the cartoony style can be a bit off-putting, Lucky Day Forever is definitely a mature film. Both in its barely concealed sexual content, but also in its confident storytelling. A devastating indictment of modern consumerist culture viewed through the lens of class, the film envisions an alternate world that, like all good sci-fi, eerily resembles our own.

On the wrong side of a rigid class system, Prole 514 suffers the ignominy of working directly in the presence of the “B’s”, ethereal beings who possess the riches of the world. Beautiful, young, happy, but vacant, tawdry and obsessed with sex, these beings are the logical endpoint of an MTV-culture extolling us to be thinner, sexier and more fun. For the proles there is no upward mobility through merit, their  hopes are contingent upon winning the “Great Lottery”, an endlessly hyped event which allows ascendence to this privileged class.

Prole 514, miserable as he is—friendless, joyless, taking pleasure only in beer and lottery tickets—may have found something, or someone, to create joy in his life however. He spots a neighbor, a young woman, abused in her relationship, and through shy, fleeting eye contact, they make a connection. That nascent connection is challenged by the Great Lottery, but is the celebrated transformation it promises what it seems to be?

With its unconcealed racial metaphors, and crude language and visuals, the film is the opposite of subtle. Despite, or perhaps because of a lack of sensitivity to such issues however the film is uncompromisingly angry and thus, powerful. It is a dark vision that Wasilewski paints for us, which makes for a film that is impossible to turn away from.

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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • ivan kander

    I sort of love how unsubtle this is, like it’s almost proud of how deliberate its conceit is. Beautiful stuff!

  • http://www.facebook.com/HENDAWG.OF.THE.MIDDLE.LANDS Henrik Lundberg

    Man, brutal and depressing. But was still pretty great. The visual style worked, but would love to see one with even more high end 2D animation or even a live action version. Especially considering the world at the moment. Excellent.

  • goldenruwl

    Definitely different……………………Something to be learned.

  • BloomingDove

    That was amazing

  • schmityverbenyangervanjansen

    Competent dystopia written in the already well established language of accepted dystopia convention.
    While it doesn’t offer anything new (for example we have seen the
    lottery system in “”The Island, robot avatars from “Surrogates,” etc.,
    the highly sexualized future society in “Brave New World” even, and
    rampant caricatured consumerism in “Idiocracy” ) the execution is
    brilliant. The short takes a nice stride over pretension by deliberately
    clubbing the audience over the head with its various social
    commentaries, and creating stunning and immersive atmosphere with basic
    animation.

  • Jay

    One of my favorite short films. It captures our societies core. The obsession with celebrities, brand name clothing, everything top notch. But in the end, we are all the same inside. Love it!