A Polish political drama series called High Water (Wielka woda) was recently made available on Netflix. The real-life events of the Millennium Flood, which occurred in areas of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany in 1997, served as the basis for this work of fiction. Directed by Jan Holoubek and Bartłomiej Ignaciuk. In addition to Anna Kpiska, who serves as a producer and was the one who came up with the idea for the series in the first place, Kasper Bajon and Kinga Krzemiska are also contributing authors.
The cast of the series includes Agnieszka Żulewska, Tomasz Schuchardt, Ireneusz Czop, Anna Dymna, Jerzy Trela, Mirosław Kropielnicki, Blanka Kot, Tomasz Kot, Adam Nawojczyk, Leszek Lichota, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Łukasz Lewandowski, Roman Gancarczyk, Tomasz Sapryk, and Maria Maj.
This is the first time that the story of the flood has been adapted for the big screen. It depicts how in July 1997, scientists and officials from the local government had to make decisions that could mean the difference between life and death when a destructive flood wave threatened the city of Wrocaw in Poland. Jakub Marczak, an aspiring politician, is in charge of the municipal government, and he recruits Jamina Tremer, a female hydrologist with a rough background, to assist in the effort to rescue the city at any cost.
At the same time, Andrzej Rbacz goes back to his hometown, which is a little town close to Wrocaw. There, he unexpectedly becomes the leader of the locals who are rebelling against the calamity. Because of the limited amount of time available, the authorities are forced to make a difficult choice that will not only alter the lives of the primary characters, but also the history of the entire region and the people who have lived there.
As the series progressed, we saw that the citizens of Kty resisted the decision to flood the town, which ultimately resulted in the water level rising and destroying the entire city. When the river overflows its banks and floods the basement of the hospital, the medical team scrambles to evacuate the patients as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, due to Andrzej Rbacz’s father’s precarious condition, they are unable to save his life during the evacuation process.
While this is going on, Andrzej is still present at the demonstration with his son. His boy has no idea how his father is doing and is even putting his own life in danger. It was seen that Klara got persuaded away by the swelling water flow, and with Marczak’s concern for Klara’s safety, he races all around town to find her. Tremer, on the other hand, seeks assistance from an old friend by the name of Half Boot in order to assist her mother.
She makes a purchase from her boyfriend’s drug dealer and administers the narcotics to her mother through an injection. As soon as she is rendered unconscious, Half Boot and his buddies assist in moving the mother to their neighbor’s house on the upper floor using a crane, after which she is placed in the care of their neighbour. After Andrzej returns home and listens to the voicemails that the hospital has left for him, he immediately goes to the facility by boat, but he is met with resistance from the citizens of the city since they recognise him from the news.
While they were on their way to the hospital, he came to the realisation that his decision to protect the village had resulted in a tragedy for the people living in the metropolis. In the hospital, he runs across Jakub Marczak, who was also seeking for Klara there and learned about a deceased girl wearing a hoodie with a skull patch from the local news. He tells him about the girl who was found in a morgue. He followed them there despite his wounded heart, only to discover that it was another female wearing the sweatshirt.
After observing a number of deceased bodies in the mortuary, Andrzej makes the decision to transport the body of his deceased father to their residence and hold the burial there. Jamina was also about to go out and look for her daughter when she also heard about her death on the news and spiralled back down to the drug road again. Jamina was planning to go out and look for her daughter. But Half-Boot prevents her from injecting and instead tells her a story about a young woman who hangs out in the basement.
When Jamina eventually gives in to her anger and walks down, she is relieved to see Klara waiting for her at the bottom. After that, the two of them left together to go to her father’s workplace so they could give him an update on where she was. During the trip, Klara tries to find out from her if she is indeed her mother, but she does not receive a clear response from her. At long last, the three of them track each other down at their place of employment.
After the floodwaters almost took the lives of everyone, Ja’mina wants to make apologies by being honest with Klara about what happened. She goes as far as to promise her mother that she will never go missing again, and she even brings her mother’s granddaughter to meet her.
On the political front, rescue services from various nations came to Poland to help during the crisis. They delivered water, food, and medicine to the individuals who were stuck inside of their homes throughout the crisis. They played an essential role in the rescue of those who were trapped on the streets during the catastrophe as well as those who were located in other areas.
Will There Be a Second Season of High Water?
In the end, some of the individuals responsible for the improper management of the situation were brought to testify, but it appears that the majority of them were released without proper punishment. Even Andrzej was arrested for throwing rocks at the military helicopter, although it appears that he was let go after a brief detention. During their time in court, Marczak and Jasmina have a cordial parting conversation, during which she reveals to him that she is expecting.
Taking into account that the dramatised series is based on actual occurrences as well as the fact that it is a limited series, the likelihood of there being a subsequent season is relatively low. Because the notion as a whole revolves around the flood and not the protagonist, there is not a lot of room for additional investigation into this topic. Netflix or its producers have not released any information regarding a possible renewal of the contract.