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Credited cast:
Roman Wilhelmi ...
Piotr Strumienski
Marzena Trybala
Hanna Mikuc
Mariusz Benoit
Mariusz Dmochowski
Anna Chodakowska
Olgierd Lukaszewicz
Dorota Kwiatkowska ...
Angelika Strumienska
Maciej Mazurkiewicz
Jacek Kalucki
Ryszard Pracz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iga Cembrzynska ...
Ksenka (voice)
Piotr Skarga ...
Struminski's neighbour
Witold Skaruch ...
Kazimiera Utrata


Set in the early years of the century. A story of a country gentleman haunted by the memory of his first wife. His current wife, had enough of his obsession and has taken a lover, who is mysteriously paralyzed. Meanwhile, main character's son gets his first taste of sensual experience with a mute peasant girl. Written by Polish Cinema Database <>

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9 April 1984 (Poland)  »

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Classy and erotic Polish Gothic chiller
11 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The horror of Widziadlo is that of being caught in between. Between past and present, between passion and reason, Christian and Pagan tradition, life and death. To be caught between opposites, pulled in different directions and steadily realising they may be irreconcilable, this is the core of the film. Well off landowner Piotr is the chief object of these opposing forces, making a life for himself, his son Pavel and second wife Ola in a large manor house in whose grounds his first wife Angelika endures. Son, wife and all around are drawn in, Piotr's deceptions and evasions of others and himself bringing grave consequences. Though to be fair one could be forgiven for wondering where exactly the film is heading, as it's very much a slow burning piece, layering place and atmosphere, weaving threads of character and relationship, the plot not so much some bright path but a coalescence of impressions from gradually building incidents. It definitely helps to have a natural yen for this sort of thing as traditional jolts are fairly few, though effective when they come. Mostly the film thrives on ace cinematography, olden romantic grandeur darkened by drear wet pall of autumn spiked with moments of beautiful eerie fantasy, and quality performances across the board thickening even quietest moments with unease. Roman Wilhelmi carries the film well as sad Piotr, sanity ebbing as he stoically does his best to stay on top of things, backed by Marzena Trybala as the yearning, hurt and frustrated Ola. Mariusz Benoit brings a dash of rational outsider force quite well too, though I'm sure to many the highlight will be the stunning Dorota Kwiatkowska as Angelika, mostly either naked or clad in flimsy veil, her sinister allure recalls somewhat the women of Jean Rollin films. Nudity from several others too, including lovely Monika Braun as a seductive deaf peasant girl with a certain perversity to her sexuality. Altogether its a fine slice of sensual Gothic cinema, classy yet well versed in the power of carefully applied kink. Certainly not for everyone, but to me a definite little winner, and a film that makes me eager to seek out more Polish horror. Strong 7/10 from me.

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