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A Grain of Truth (2015)

Ziarno prawdy (original title)
A big shot prosecutor Teodor Szacki divorces his wife and leaves Warsaw to start a new life in picturesque town in south-east Poland - Sandomierz. After a short while he is called in to ... See full summary »

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Borys Lankosz

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Borys Lankosz, Zygmunt Miloszewski (based on a novel by: "Ziarno prawdy") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wieckiewicz ... Teodor Szacki
Jerzy Trela ... Leon Wilczur
Magdalena Walach ... Barbara Sobieraj
Aleksandra Hamkalo ... Klara
Joanna Sydor ... Elzbieta Budnik
Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Grzegorz Budnik
Andrzej Zielinski ... Jerzy Szyller
Zohar Shtrauss ... Rabbi Zygmunt
Modest Rucinski Modest Rucinski ... Roman Myszynski
Iwona Bielska ... Maria Miszczyk
Jacek Poniedzialek ... Jaroslaw Klejnocki
Andrzej Konopka ... Policeman Marszalek
Zbigniew Konopka ... Policeman Wojtus
Arkadiusz Jakubik ... Janek Wiewiorski
Jacek Reda Jacek Reda ... Police technician
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A big shot prosecutor Teodor Szacki divorces his wife and leaves Warsaw to start a new life in picturesque town in south-east Poland - Sandomierz. After a short while he is called in to investigate a strange and mysterious murder case. Alienated in provincial reality he struggles to find a killer, when he stumbles upon more victims. While the investigation continues he realizes that all murders are connected to alleged historical Jewish ritual killings. Those murders prompt a wave of anti-Semitic hysteria in the town. In his investigation Szacki must wrestle with the painful tangle of Polish - Jewish relations and real findings of his work - that roots of some legends are fantasy, not a grain of truth... Written by Anonymous

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Zlo bierze sie z gadania

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (Poland) See more »

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A Grain of Truth See more »

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PLN 6,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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"Ziarno Prawdy" is a film made on second part of trylogy with Teodor Szacki See more »

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Klub & Sex
Music by Pawel Krawczyk
Performed by Pawel Krawczyk
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Insightful but background needed
16 November 2015 | by SonofamoviegeekSee all my reviews

A prosecutor in the historical city of Sandomierz investigates two gruesome murders that appear to be based on the medieval legend of the Blood Libel (that the sacrifice of a Gentile baby is needed to make matzo for Passover). To understand this film, one needs to know that there are not one but two churches in Sandomierz that have wooden panels that depict the Blood Libel. The painting in the Cathedral hidden behind a curtain forms part of the plot. The murderer uses the legend and people's need to believe in fantastic conspiracies to deflect suspicion. Before condemning Poles for belief in the unbelievable, consider the persistence of Birthers in North America.

The second missing bit of background is that the Polish system of law resembles the French system where an investigating prosecutor leads the investigation rather than a police officer, as in common law jurisdictions such as the United States and the British Commonwealth.

Ziarno Prawdy is well written and acted and provides some insight into latent anti-Semitism and the need for a bogeyman to blame for evil. I would give the movie an extra star if it didn't exhibit the Polish need to have extra-gruesome murders for its mysteries.


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