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A critical groundswell is afoot for the controversial Polish drama "Aftermath," which hit theaters in New York November 1, and comes to La this weekend. Never heard of it? Here's what you need to know:The film centers on two brothers, Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop) who discover a secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Franek, the older brother, returns home to Poland after many years living in Chicago and discovers that his younger brother is being mysteriously threatened and shunned by local townspeople. What follows is a gothic tale of intrigue as the brothers are drawn into investigating the village's dark secrets.Upon its release in Poland, "Aftermath" received intense criticism from Polish nationals, who accused the film of being "anti-Polish propaganda" and a gross manipulation of historical truth. It has so incensed »

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