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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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"Heartbreakingly romantic and affectingly atmospheric love-story..."
16 February 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Polish screenwriter and director Krzysztof Kieslowski's fifth feature film which he co-wrote with his long-time collaborator Krzysztof Piesiewicz, their first collaboration, is a Polish production which was produced by Ryszard Chutkowski who worked as a producer on several of Krzysztof Kieslowski's films. It tells the story about Urszula, a Polish translator who lives with her son in Poland during the early 1980s when the regime had declared martial law and did everything in their power to repress and destroy the first non-communist party "Solidarity". Urszula has recently lost her husband Antek who was a lawyer and is struggling to work out her grief while trying to raise and take care of her young son by herself. When contacted by her late husband's former client Darek Stach who is still concerned about his case, she tries her best to help him, but Urszula still longs for her deceased husband and no matter what she does he is constantly on her mind.

Krzysztof Kieslowski's last politically prominent film from 1985 where he began to move his focus away from the political war that had marked his native country for the last two years, merges social realism with spirituality and draws a finely tuned portrayal of a grief-stricken woman possessed by her departed husband's spirit. This subtly paced and character-driven fictional tale which examines themes such as loss, grief, interpersonal relations, family relations and love, is as much of a heartbreakingly romantic and affectingly atmospheric love-story as a political and ethical drama.

Acutely and precisely directed, this visually remarkable film is notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, the stellar cinematography by Polish cinematographer Jacek Petrycki, the ardent production design by Alan Starski and the poignant score by one of Krzysztof Kieslowski's most regular collaborators Zbigniew Preisner, who he worked with for the first time on this film. A profoundly well-written, intimate and internal mystery with a moving and understated acting performance by Polish actress Grazyna Szapolowska in an emotionally complicated role.


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