MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,571 this week

Refren (1972)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 168 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Bureaucracy lives on even after somebody's death, as you can see from the example of an ordinary Warsaw funeral parlour.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 14 titles
created 02 Apr 2011
 
a list of 261 titles
created 01 May 2011
 
list image
a list of 1569 titles
created 01 Sep 2012
 
a list of 254 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 278 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Refren" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Refren (1972)

Refren (1972) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Refren.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwinska
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos
Drama | Music | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy
The Decalogue (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Olaf Lubaszenko
Talking Heads (1980)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This documentary explores the changing faces of the old Polish city of Lodz, and how its modernization, both physically and culturally, affects the older, more conservative residents, many ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Szpital (1977)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

24 hours in the life of a hospital from the point of view of the doctors and nurses.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Murarz (1973)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A bricklayer and former communist party official looks back at his life, while taking part in a parade of May 1st.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Józef Malesa
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Blind war veterans tell stories about loss, war, will to live and their dreams.

Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Titkow
First Love (TV Movie 1974)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After the doctor's refusal to perform abortion on a 17-year old girl, she and her boyfriend have to cope with the new situation. They both need to learn to take responsibility for their ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Patients with serious lung diseases, who are now in a sanatorium, tell us about their thoughts and feelings.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Edit

Storyline

Bureaucracy lives on even after somebody's death, as you can see from the example of an ordinary Warsaw funeral parlour.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 March 2010 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Refrain  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Life and death by-the-numbers
6 April 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Though this film illustrates how death has been reduced to 'The Numbers' it is implied at the end that both life and death have been reduced to the numbers. This film is uniquely shot from the point-of-view of the bureaucrats whose job it is to deregistrant the living to give their survivors permission to buy things like graves, coffins etc. The first image is of tearing out the pictures from identity books. It seems to be some weirdly arcane quasi-religious ritual whose purpose is at once obvious and inexplicable.

The frisson of this film is having the usual bureaucratic rigmarole, petty rules and arbitrary specifications implemented by some not so very terrible people, come up against people at their most vulnerable and emotional condition. These people have just had a loved one die and they are being dealt with by the book, by the numbers.

Background music, when its heard, is a harpsichord concerto.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Refren (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page