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Aftermath (2012)
"Poklosie" (original title)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  1 November 2013 (USA)
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A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.

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Maciej Stuhr ...
Józef Kalina
Ireneusz Czop ...
Franciszek Kalina
Zbigniew Zamachowski ...
Wlodzimierz Nowak
Danuta Szaflarska ...
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Jerzy Radziwilowicz ...
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Zuzana Fialová ...
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Andrzej Mastalerz ...
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Franciszek Sudecki
Zbigniew Konopka ...
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Elzbieta Romanowska ...
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A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.

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Franciszek Kalina: So, what made you do it?
Józef Kalina: Beats me. So many things aren't right, but we live with them anyway because there's nothing you can do about it. But I think that some things are more wrong than others. It's like, you see a guy lying drunk in the street, you walk on by, 'cause you think, "He's drunk," and you got your own problems and all. But when it's a child lying there, you just can't walk by. Understand?
Franciszek Kalina: Go on.
Józef Kalina: The Germans destroyed that cemetery. I can't help that, I wasn't even born then. They ...
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Adds A Whole New Chapter To World War History
12 February 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Inspired by the true Holocaust related incident that took place in Poland during the Second World War, Aftermath tells the story of two brothers who unearth a shocking secret about their hometown that hasn't been spoken of ever since the war ended. Franciszek Kalina has returned from Chicago to his hometown after decades & discovers that his brother Józef has been shunned by the entire community for acquiring many Jewish tombstones which were once used as pavement for a now abandoned road. As the residents grow more hostile towards them, the brothers attempt to find out what really happened to all the Jewish residents only to discover a truth that'll scar them for life.

Brilliantly directed by Władysław Pasikowski, the first act of the film is kind of slow, less informative & tells a completely different story than what's presented in the second & third acts. Nicely photographed, superbly acted, finely scored & becoming potent in the middle of the story from where it feels like this film will explode any moment & eventually does when the devastating secrets about the fate of the town's Jews are finally revealed.

On an overall scale, Aftermath (Pokłosie) could've been a better film if it had used a more tighter narrative but nonetheless manages to achieve what it set out to do & brings on the screen a horrifying secret that many around the world still aren't aware of and ends up delivering an even more powerful punch that won't be easily forgotten. Undoubtedly deserving a wider global audience, Aftermath is one film you shouldn't miss out if you're game for Holocaust-related cinema.


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