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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 ... 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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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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To byla ziemia panskiego ojca
Written by Jan Duszynski
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Adds A Whole New Chapter To World War History
12 February 2014 | by CinemaClownSee 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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