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74 Ratings

Burning Bush (Part 3)

Horící ker

Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Czech Republic, 2013
Drama, Biography, TV Mini-series
  • Czech
  • English


Eight months after Jan’s death, Dagmar Buresova and the Palach family are still trying to set the record straight, but witnesses refuse to come forward for fear of reprisals from the Communist regime.

Our take

With her work on the Three Colors trilogy, her collaborations with Andrezj Wajda, and her own Oscar-nominated directing career, Agnieszka Holland emerged as a bard of Europe’s ghosts. Her epic saga, concluding today, is an intimate, vividly rendered drama of the origins of a revolution.

Burning Bush (Part 3) Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Holland never risks overlooking the hardship that comes with being on the right side of history. “Burning Bush” is a riposte to the idea that there’s anything beautiful about dying for your beliefs. Lindsay Anderson once wrote that “Revolution is the opiate of the intellectuals,” and Holland has never partaken. She’s never allowed herself to get swept up in the romance of change, never turned a blind eye to how desperate life can look when the powers that be have decided it isn’t worth anything.
June 13, 2014
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Prague in the late sixties was one of the epicenters of 20th-century life, a place and time that gave the measure of that mad century and of our capacity for dissidence, and fathoming it is to perhaps know something concrete about institutional power, mass folly and hope. If you’re not Czech or Slovak, the fiery legacy of Palach might be complete news to you, and a thorough, earnest distillation of history like Burning Bush can come as a revelation.
June 11, 2014
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Agnieszka Holland’s brilliant, ambitious, and moving new film, Burning Bush, begins at a violent and traumatic moment in Czech history… Part of what makes the film so affecting—and what makes it length seem so necessary—is the pace and patience with which it documents the gradual change undergone by its protagonists, and by the society in which they live…
June 11, 2014
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