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Aftermath Movie Review

3 November 2013 8:35 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Aftermath (Poklosie) Movie Review Menemsha Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Grade: B+ Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski Screenwriter: Wladyslaw Pasikowski Cast: Marcej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Zuzana Fialová, Andrzej Mastalerz, Zbigniew Zamachowski Screened at: Critics’ screener, NYC, 11/3/13 Opens: November 1, 2013 One mystery that has remains resolved by historians, psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and thinking people everywhere is this: why is it that on the whole, some nations acts morally and some do not? World War II provides an excellent example. As the Nazis conquered one state after another, the people under German occupation resisted and collaborated to different degrees. The Danes acted well: when word  [ Read More ]

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Film Review: ‘Aftermath’

1 November 2013 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Inspired by Jan Gross’ book “Neighbors,” about the 1941 massacre of a Polish village’s Jewish population by their Catholic neighbors, Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s “Aftermath” retools the material into a fast-paced “backwater burg with a dark secret” quasi-horror film, complete with spooky lighting, ominous music, unexplained phenomena and hostile townfolk. The idea of framing Holocaust atrocities in contemporary genre terms, although intriguing, is not without its perils, and the secret, when revealed, looms too large to fit within the plot’s parameters, creating strange disconnects between form and content. Having unleashed a firestorm of controversy in Poland, “Aftermath” will be received Stateside as simply another fictionalized Holocaust revisitation.

Elsewhere around the globe, the film’s Polish reception — with its unmistakable tinge of right-wing anti-Semitism in a country without Jews (though left-wing intellectuals have strongly rallied to the film’s defense, of course) — has understandably outstripped any interest in the movie itself. »

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