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No End (1985)

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It's 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and ... See full summary »
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Urszula Zyro
Maria Pakulnis ...
Joanna Stach
Aleksander Bardini ...
Lawyer Mieczyslaw Labrador
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Antek Zyro
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Darek Stach
Michal Bajor ...
Miecio (aplikant)
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Tomek, Antek's friend
Tadeusz Bradecki ...
Hipnotyzator
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American (as Daniel Webb)
Krzysztof Krzeminski ...
Jacek Zyro
Marzena Trybala ...
Marta Duraj
Adam Ferency ...
Rumcajs
Elzbieta Kilarska ...
Antoni's Mother
Jerzy Kamas ...
Judge Biedron
Hanna Dunowska ...
Justyna
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It's 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and Antek continues to appear to her. She seeks to free herself in her work, in her relationship with her son, in sex, and in hypnosis. In a subplot, Ulla refers the wife of one of her husband's clients - Darek, a jailed Solidarity strike organizer - to Labrador, a world-weary, aging attorney, who works to free Darek by various political manipulations and psychological ploys. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Weak script, but very good acting
29 June 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

The narrative in this film is far too flawed. There are two intertwining halves of it, one good, one poor. The good one involves a woman, Ulla, whose husband died suddenly and unexpectedly one morning while he waited in his car to take their son to school. Now he gently haunts his family as they deal with the pain. The acting is magnificent here. Kieslowski is masterful at directing his actors in material like this, as he would show a million different times in The Decalogue, made a few years later. There are a few outrageously and subtly powerful scenes. Most memorable is the one where Ulla decides to prostitute herself to a British tourist. This happens about a month after her husband has died. After the man has sex with her, she asks him if he speaks Polish. He says no, and then she begins to talk about her problems in Polish. The other half of the plot is utterly weak in comparison. The husband was a lawyer, and the defendant in the case he was working on is screwed because of the death. The defendant's wife comes to Ulla for help, and though she is refused help at first, Ulla eventually introduces her to her husband's mentor, a cynical old man about to be kicked out of the business. Perhaps it's just my aversion to lawyer and courtroom dramas, but I just didn't care a lick what happened in this part of the plot. Supposedly it's meant as a criticism against the Communist law at the time. I don't know. It's dull whatever it is. But the film is slightly worth watching, especially for the acting. Even in the parts that I didn't care for, the acting is exquisite. 7/10.


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