Polish

Seniors engage on joyful, familiar journey.
The overly familiar road movie/senior citizen tropes occasionally undermine the well-structured dramatics of Jerzy Domaradzki’s gently likable drama, The Fifth Season of the Year. Two wonderful lead performances and a soft thematic touch are two...
A dour exploration of a nun's descent.
POLISH FILM FESTIVAL: An atheist from an early age, I nevertheless fell early and hard for Black Narcissus, and developed a deep fascination with nun movies, a genre with more than its fair share of masterpieces: Bresson’s Les anges du péché;...
Another mesmerising turn from The Minister of Fear.
2009 Palme D’Or winning writer/director Michael Haneke has always relished the role of provocateur. Subverting what he views as Hollywood’s mind-numbing, crowd-pleasing tactics, he has deliberately courted controversy in his best known movies,...
A grim portrait of devastation, by the Polish master.
After a lifetime of charting his country’s social and political upheavals, veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda finally turns his gaze to the once taboo subject of Stalin’s massacre of 22,000 Polish officers, intellectuals, POWs and others in a...
Life in a kibbutz is hard work for viewers in torpid Israeli drama
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: Whether or not to have a circumcision may well be a painful decision for a 10-year-old boy, especially one who grew up hating Jews, but it’s a slender thread in the narrative of My Australia....
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