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The Scar (1976)
"Blizna" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  6 December 1976 (Poland)
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1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefan Bednarz
Mariusz Dmochowski ...
Bednarz's assistant
Jan Skotnicki
Stanislaw Igar ...
Stanislaw Michalski
Michal Tarkowski ...
TV editor
Andrzej Skupien
Halina Winiarska ...
Bednarz's Wife
Joanna Orzeszkowska ...
Eva - Bednarz's Daughter
Jadwiga Bryniarska ...
(as J. Bryniarska)
Secretary (as A. Holland)
Malgorzata Lesniewska ...
(as M. Lesniewska)
Asja Lamtiugina ...
(as A. Lamtiugina)
Ryszard Bacciarelli ...
(as R. Bacciarelli)


1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the construction. He used to live in the small town where the factory is to be built, his wife used to be a Party activist there, and he has unpleasant memories of it. But he sets to the task in the belief that he will build a place where people will live and work well. His intentions and convictions, however, conflict with those of the townspeople who are primarily concerned with their short-term needs. Disillusioned, Bednarz gives up his post. Written by Polish Cinema Database <>

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Poignant tale of a simple man trapped under a hard to follow system.
8 August 2007 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Scar is a brave film which takes its time to settle nicely in viewers' minds.It starts in a highly official manner and later develops into a family tragedy.In Scar the best thing to watch is the manner in which all the elements of human weaknesses are portrayed.Helpless characters not being able to come out of their shell is an accepted trait of Kieslowski's films and it is very much evident in The Scar too as its leading player Bednarz is trapped from all sides.He can neither free himself from family pressures coming from his wife and daughter nor from his job under a communist regime.It would be wrong to judge this film's characters based on their actions but it would nevertheless not be wrong to claim that they are victims of unfortunate circumstances as they are being trapped under a system in which change is slow to come and consensus is really reached.For all those interested in Polish cinema they are some very good glimpses of 2 of the most outstanding figures of Polish cinema : a young Agnieszka Holland as an actress and Jerzy Stuhr as a young communist party worker.

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