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Tatarak (2009)

In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.

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Marcin Korcz
Maciej Kowalik
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In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.

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The movie is an encounter of two great Polish actresses, both of whom are winners of the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. They are Krystyna Janda and Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak. See more »

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Version of Tatarak (1965) See more »

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Heart-wrenching film from an overrated director
3 May 2012 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

As a great fan of Polish cinema, I have given Wajda many chances to prove himself as a worthy director, and he has failed admirably in my opinion. "Popiol i diament" (Ashes and Diamonds) was a complete let-down, "Katyn" was offensive in its badness and even Janda's dedicated acting couldn't save the staleness of "Pan Tadeusz". I still have to watch "Czlowiek z zelaza" (Man of Iron) and "Czlowiek z marmuru" (Man of Marble), though, and reliable sources have told me they're good.

But Tatarak was certainly different. Well-paced, with a sad and introspective tone, this understated film will punch you with pathos and tragedy during the credits, even if you thought you were bored during it - you weren't, that was just your mind not knowing how to deal with the horrible truth about death.


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