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Critics Get Behind Controversial Polish Drama 'Aftermath' (Trailer)

Critics Get Behind Controversial Polish Drama 'Aftermath' (Trailer)
A critical groundswell is afoot for the controversial Polish drama "Aftermath," which hit theaters in New York November 1, and comes to La this weekend. Never heard of it? Here's what you need to know:The film centers on two brothers, Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop) who discover a secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Franek, the older brother, returns home to Poland after many years living in Chicago and discovers that his younger brother is being mysteriously threatened and shunned by local townspeople. What follows is a gothic tale of intrigue as the brothers are drawn into investigating the village's dark secrets.Upon its release in Poland, "Aftermath" received intense criticism from Polish nationals, who accused the film of being "anti-Polish propaganda" and a gross manipulation of historical truth. It has so incensed
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Aftermath (Pokłosie) | Review

When Józef (Maciej Stuhr) returns to Poland after disappearing to the United States 20 years prior, he quickly discovers that his brother Franek (Ireneusz Czop) has become the black sheep of the quaint Polish village where they were born and raised. As it turns out, Franek has taken it upon himself to unearth hundreds of Jewish gravestones, thus dredging up a local history that the townspeople would rather keep buried. Rather than convincing his brother to stop antagonizing his neighbors, Józef becomes intrigued by the mystery and joins his brother's cause. Józef and Franek seem to be fatefully drawn to this quest, as if a higher power has chosen them to reveal the deepest, darkest secrets of their village's past. It is definitely best for me to not divulge what they discover, but their findings do forever alter the history of their nation. There are a lot of Polish people who
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Aftermath Review

One of the new wave of holocaust expose’s that probes beneath the surface to expose little known factors and factotums. Like still waters that run deep, “Aftermath” is an atmospheric triumph that will be too slow for most American audiences. Not that this is not a great film. It is a great film, but it is too studied and framed and there is not enough plot progression to keep the audience engaged. The screenplay is the story of two brothers, Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop). Franek returns home to Poland after many years of living in America to find his formerly quiet, peaceful and friendly town full of unspoken hatred and misgivings directed at him and his
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Aftermath Movie Review

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Aftermath Movie Review
Aftermath (Poklosie) Movie Review Menemsha Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Grade: B+ Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski Screenwriter: Wladyslaw Pasikowski Cast: Marcej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Zuzana Fialová, Andrzej Mastalerz, Zbigniew Zamachowski Screened at: Critics’ screener, NYC, 11/3/13 Opens: November 1, 2013 One mystery that has remains resolved by historians, psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and thinking people everywhere is this: why is it that on the whole, some nations acts morally and some do not? World War II provides an excellent example. As the Nazis conquered one state after another, the people under German occupation resisted and collaborated to different degrees. The Danes acted well: when word [ Read More ]

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Cagey and Cryptic, Aftermath Examines the Futility of Attempting to Undo a Wrong

Cagey and Cryptic, Aftermath Examines the Futility of Attempting to Undo a Wrong
"We won't make the world a better place, but at least we won't make it worse," says Franciszek Kalina (Ireneusz Czop) to his younger brother, Józef (Maciej Stuhr), near the climax of Wladyslaw Pasikowski's Aftermath. That stark cynicism permeates Pasikowski's unsettling historical drama. The story is simple — two siblings in a Polish village gradually learn of their kin and neighbors' barbaric Jew-baiting during the Holocaust — but what gives Aftermath its peculiar strain of portent is Pasikowski's consistent suggestion of the futility of bold, desperate attempts to undo a wrong.

Not only are there not heroes in Aftermath, there's not even a cut-and-dry protagonist. The director has lifted the material from both Jan T. Gross's 2000 boo...
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Controversial Polish drama Aftermath gets trailer and images

Watch the trailer and see images from Aftermath directed and written by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, starring Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Zuzana Fialova, Andrzej Mastalerz, Zbigniew Zamachowski and Danuta Szaflarska. From Meneshma Films, the release hits theaters in New York on November 1st followed by a Los Angeles release date on November 15th, 2013. Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the Us, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
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Somers Town d: Shane Meadows

Somers Town (2008) Direction: Shane Meadows Screenplay: Shane Meadows, Paul Fraser Cast: Thomas Turgoose, Piotr Jagiello, Elisa Lasowski, Kate Dickie, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson Thomas Turgoose, Piotr Jagiello in Somers Town The happenstance friendship central to Shane MeadowsSomers Town buds within a small black-and-white world, an environment populated with aesthetic lines, distinct or unseen, that stretch retrograde towards an urban horizon. Convergence is not merely suggested through contrast and forms, but is realized as ubiquitous in the neighborhood around the film’s young men. A district of London in the shadows of St. Pancras railway station, Somers Town is at a point of transition. New construction and redevelopment abut decades-old council flats and working-class cafes. Rather than lament gentrified encroachment and its broad [...]
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