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Igor Brejdygant (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 August 2006 (Poland) See more »
Marek, the main character of "Palimpsest," is a police inspector, a man on the verge of psychological disintegration trying to solve an intricate case... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 8 September 2006)

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  (in credits order)

Andrzej Chyra ... Marek

Magdalena Cielecka ... Hanna
Robert Gonera ... Tomek

Tomasz Sapryk ... Maciek
Arkadiusz Bazak
Henryk Talar
Grzegorz Warchol ... Neighbour
Adam Ferency ... Malina
Miroslaw Zbrojewicz ... Bury
Elzbieta Jarosik
Adam Kamien ... Wazon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katarzyna Bargielowska ... Nurse

Jacek Braciak ... Marcin
Arkadiusz Jakubik ... Bogdan
Jacek Lenartowicz ... Second
Andrzej Musial ... Policeman
Stanislaw Penksyk ... Man from Lotos
Mariusz Saniternik ... Laboratory technician
Tomasz Zaród ... 'Doctor'

Directed by
Konrad Niewolski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Igor Brejdygant  screenplay

Produced by
Wojciech Danowski .... executive producer
Juliusz Machulski .... producer
Original Music by
Bartlomiej Gliniak 
Cinematography by
Arkadiusz Tomiak 
Film Editing by
Jaroslaw Pietraszek 
Production Design by
Monika Sajko  (as Monika Sajko-Gradowska)
Set Decoration by
Monika Sajko  (as Monika Sajko-Gradowska)
Costume Design by
Pawel Grabarczyk 
Anna Krysiak (co-costume designer)
Makeup Department
Maja Gawinska .... makeup artist (as Maja Gawinska-Lyczkowska)
Sound Department
Maria Chilarecka .... sound re-recording mixer
Maria Chilarecka .... sound recordist (as Maria Chilarecka-Barczynska)
Maria Chilarecka .... sound (as Maria Chilarecka-Barczynska)
Tomasz Dukszta .... sound re-recording mixer
Jakub Lenarczyk .... sound re-recording mixer
Jakub Lenarczyk .... sound
Jakub Weglarczyk .... sound
Special Effects by
Janusz Bykowski .... pyrotechnician
Witold Gajzler .... pyrotechnician
Zbigniew Modej .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tomasz Karnowski .... Steadicam operator
Tomasz Naumiuk .... still photographer
Arkadiusz Tomiak .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Beata Bogus .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marta Boberska .... soprano
Marta Broczkowska .... music consultant
Ryszard Dudek .... conductor
Bartlomiej Gliniak .... musician: Fortepiano
Pawel Szczepanski .... musician: Horn
Sinfonia Varsovia .... orchestra

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Palimpsest: A Hypnotic Mystery" - USA (DVD box title)
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Canada:80 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »


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Stylish but pointless, 2 May 2013
Author: TdSmth5 from US

In the intro, a body falls to the ground, rather something does and only later we find out it's a body. Turns out it's the dead body of a cop. His partner is in charge to the investigation. But he also suffers from visions and nightmares. While he interviews and meets shady characters trying to reconstruct the dead cop's final day something becomes clear, that something isn't right with him and/or he's somehow involved. One witness is in a mental institution, another is a photographer with a weird neck brace. A girl he sees is also somehow involved. Because the viewer is warned that something is odd, when it is revealed it isn't so surprising but at the same time, the true scenario is a bit odd and rather weak. Coupled with the final scene that just increases the mystery we are left with little. With a movie like this where at end you have nothing then, the journey at least should be somewhat enjoyable. But it isn't. Sure, for a while you wonder how it will turn out and what the cop's involvement is. But the resolution is a let-down, perhaps the second worst in movies.

At around 80 minutes this movie is short. A lot of scenes are exceedingly drawn out, starting with the opening scene and the scene that follows of the photo of a face. Similarly, when a woman walks to a building, it takes forever. Clearly, there wasn't enough script for a fully developed movie. What the filmmakers decided to do instead of working out their idea was to work on style to mask the deficiencies. And this movie is somewhat stylish. It's filmed mostly in a yellow/green tone. The cinematography is pretty decent. But the music and sound effects are indeed too loud, intrusive, and pointless starting with the opening scene that musically tries to prepare us for something grandiose, but like the movie as a whole ends up being nothing special.

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