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Aftermath (2012)

Poklosie (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ireneusz Czop ... Franciszek Kalina
Jerzy Szymkiewi Jerzy Szymkiewi ... Taxi driver 1
Wojciech Walasik Wojciech Walasik ... Taxi driver 2
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Wlodzimierz Nowak
Andrzej Mastalerz ... Priest Janusz Pawlak
Maciej Stuhr ... Józef Kalina
Anita Poddebniak Anita Poddebniak ... Shop assistant
Magdalena Gnatowska Magdalena Gnatowska ... Woman in shop
Monika Kisla Monika Kisla ... Killentka
Ryszard Ronczewski ... Franciszek Sudecki
Wojciech Zielinski ... Antek
Radoslaw Hebal Radoslaw Hebal ... Miody
Zuzana Fialová ... Justyna
Filip Plawiak ... Policeman Góral
Zbigniew Konopka ... Bank manager


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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Attempting to blur the responsibility of Germans and Russians for committing genocide See more »


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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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Written by Jan Duszynski
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When We Lose Humanity
18 November 2013 | by aharmasSee all my reviews

Not too long ago, many were slaughtered, and there was a fraction that got all the attention and the blame. The problem is that there were parties that just stood by while others committed these crimes and/or either approved or even participated in their execution. The film explores how there was more to history than we have been exposed to, that the horrors were worse than anything we could imagine, and the devil shows his ugly face in more than one way.

Two brothers find themselves at the heart of the story, which begins as a some type of thriller/conspiracy the likes of which we have seen before. For a while the spirit of "Chinatown" comes to mind, and a beautifully crafted film slowly unfurls a narrative where the mystery expands, the cast of the dueling parties grows as new layers are revealed, and eventually the film combines elements seen in old fashioned thrillers, horror movies, and even a touch of noir here and there.

What takes the film to a higher category is that what we see here has basis on real historical events, and as we realize this, our souls hurt because the pain is too much, and it might be that there is the possibility that we can become one of the parties involved. After all, free will has always been at the core of the worst human decisions in history. Either we want to destroy, to save, or to remain quiet and allow the evils to continue and grow. Liars have for years assisted those who either killed or stole, and they condoned quietly the actions of others by not interfering.

Films like these makes us remember how ignorant we are, in many different degrees by either not learning enough, not being willing to change and by not facing what really exists in our own souls.

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9 November 2012 (Poland) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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