In the spring of 1944 in Poland, near the end of WW2, Janka faces a huge change in her life when her photographer father decides to offer a shelter to his Jewish friend's daughter, Ester. One day, when her father is arrested, Janka starts to take care of Ester by herself and, in doing so, secret emotions rise between them.Written by
Set in 1945 Poland, this movie is about a lonely woman who ends up hiding a Jewish woman in her cellar, to whom she gradually becomes very attached. Slow-paced, grim, psychologically intense, sexy: in other words, a European drama! The acting and cinematography are good, and it does a good job conveying the claustrophobic atmosphere to the viewer. The Pole is a cellist and the Jew is a dancer, so there is some cultural entertainment along the way, and of course the Nazi and later Communist oppression keep the pressure on. But the movie kind of drags, and as it concludes you don't feel that there was much meaning in it all, though in a way that adds realism.
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