Early Kieslowski - worthwhile
- No End review by NR
A feature from the Polish period of Kieslowski, before French exile and obviously before his ascent to cinematic legend status, after the Three Colours Triology.
This movie sees some of the director's elements in play, in particular the "supernatural" element. Arguably these are more effective in a film such as The Double Life of Veronique (admittedly one of my favourite movies of all time), but its interesting to see how the director's ideas have developed or been applied differently.
Perhaps the overall story and situations are less compelling than in the more commercial or famous films, but we are dealing with a great auteur here; and the period of Polish history is always going to be interesting. Here we are dealing with the period of Martial Law.
In political terms, it's interesting to observe the pessimism or even fatalism of characters here. It's from 1986, I believe, and it seems that reforming characters - including Solidarnosc figures - only see compromise, subjugation and defeat in Poland at this moment. Of course we are well aware that the moribund system is about to crumble - as the personages (and the creative people behind them) are not aware. So from that angle, it demonstrates that despair can be misplaced. A message perhaps to the Russian people in 2021. Let's see.
Grazyna Szapolowska is superb here. The soundtrack by Priesner (forgive my spelling) is rather dirge like, but I still enjoyed the sound and again it prefigures more confident work to come.
Definitely a piece in the Kieslowski puzzle, for admirers.
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