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.
Johanna, a young drug addict, falls into a deep coma after an accident. Doctors miraculously manage to save her from death's doorstep. Touched by grace, Johanna cures patients by offering ... See full summary »
An explorer visits what appears to be the ruins of a gothic cathedral. There seem to be some strange statues, though, whose faces follow him as he makes his way to the end; the sun comes out, and he stops at the edge of a cliff.
Polish girl named Zosia living in Volhynia falls in love with a Ukrainian. Despite that her parents decide to wed her to a Polish widower. Soon World War II begins and tensions arise. Amidst the war chaos Zosia tries to survive.
The main character Joanna (Urszula Grabowska), waiting in vain for a letter from her husband who is in an Oflag, gives shelter to a little Jewish girl whose mother was caught during a round-up. Thus she becomes burdened with a secret she cannot reveal to anyone, even to her relatives. Joanna knows that she cannot keep Rose with her as she is already under observation, but she fails to find a hiding spot for Rose and is forced to become the lover of a German officer in return for protection. Forced by necessity, she has to cooperate with her enemies, becoming a traitor in the eyes of "her people". The final, symbolic image is suggestive - in a tearful and religious manner - of the fact that sheltering little Roza was Joanna's personal torture referring to Golgotha. However, the deeper meaning of that story is perverse and bitter: hiding the child was even more dangerous because of Joanna's "own people", mutually controlling the patriotic decency. Written by
This is an amazingly beautiful movie. I do agree with the other two viewers' comments on this wonderfully scripted, directed, performed Polish movie. The tones of this movie are reserved in classic blue and green, the lighting is perfectly natural, giving you an realistic pessimistic feeling of that dreary era when Poland was occupied by the German Nazi. The loneliness of the heroine and that cute little girl are a beautiful unity of consolation and humanity. I was amazed by the subtle touch of the performances of all the Polish actors, they are so natural under a very good director. The romance developed from the house raid also looked so logic and natural, a wonderful scenario. The actress who played Joanna should be awarded with some kind best performing artist, so good and so convincing as a lonely, kind, yet so strong woman. Love her great performance so much. I also noticed that she's the fastest walking woman in any movie that involved any woman who had to walk along city streets, so fast, flowing like gliding on water. Hiding a little Jewish girl in Nazi Poland not just courage, generosity and kindness but luck, pure luck.
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