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3.6
32 Ratings

A Woman Alone

Kobieta Samotna

Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Poland, 1981
Drama

Synopsis

Focused on a contemporary middle-aged woman that submits herself to the roles expected of her, the film is an existential parable of a society that is losing its values.

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A Woman Alone Directed by Agnieszka Holland

Critics reviews

It’s a tumultuous, politically-charged career but for my money Holland’s masterpiece was produced for Polish TV in 1981 and has never been commercially released in the US… So ferocious it makes her other films seem operettas by comparison, “A Woman Alone” is set on the eve of martial law—a stunning evocation of ignorance, superstition, poverty and disorder that attacks virtually every institution in communist Poland while suggesting a stratum of society impervious to reform.
November 21, 2013
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As a meditation on feverish utopia, A Woman Alone remains a sobering record of its time, reminding us that Poland’s brief sprint to freedom ended with the martial law being imposed on the country in 1981, Wajda and Holland’s works being banned, and their fellow citizens’ exuberant dream of freedom momentarily turning into a nightmare.
November 21, 2013
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