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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Domas's rating of the film Camouflage

  2. Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Camouflage

    Satire drama that tell us the universal story that all rules are made by the laziest and most stupid leader and any academic or student trying to question it is either sent off in jail or ridiculed so the best way is to be a cynic who knows the truth but decide not to do anything about it in order to survive as "you turn a blind eye to people's true nature".

  3. EdieEmm's rating of the film Camouflage

    Bitter & true. A searing, ugly film. Deserves a rewatch on a day I'm not so tired.

  4. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Camouflage

    It's a bit easy to characterize this as a battle of idealism against cynicism. Cynicism has less to do with the age of the person, and more about a kind of moral laziness. It's more about manipulation. I saw this movie as a battle between the older man trying to use the younger man as a pawn in his games.

  5. agger's rating of the film Camouflage

    You will have the upper hand if you speak Polish. The subs are good, but can't keep up with all the dialogue in some of the larger group scenes. This is primarily a social and political critique of Poland as it was (and, I'd argue, is). I think it also subtly points to gender issues in the way all the women in the plot are excluded by the men in charge and reduced to their looks - in a very knowing way.

  6. Richard Bolisay's rating of the film Camouflage

    While watching it, I was hoping that halfway through I'd be able to understand and be persuased by the tension that obviously runs underneath, but it didn't come through. But when I think about it, after the film, I appreciate it more. Zanussi's dialogue, as always, can be gold. And that intense end.

  7. Ralph Melcher's rating of the film Camouflage

    At first I was a bit distracted by the particulars of time and place but on second viewing the universality of the piece and its relevance to the political and philosophical struggles of today totally grabbed me. Idealism and pragmatism struggle in the shadow of implacable bureaucratic structures. Since I was 26 when the film was made I can see in it my own personal migration between the principle points of view.

  8. Mimic Hootings's rating of the film Camouflage

    Riveting sardonic comedy. The attack on the petty corruption and conformity of academia has wider social implications, which the director is canny enough not to hammer home. Two lead actors are superb.

  9. Ariel Rowan's rating of the film Camouflage

    found this so hard to finish, tried about 5 times to watch the last 15 minutes but couldn't until the day it was leaving and i HAD to. something seemed missing here that i liked about the other zanussi's i have seen. maybe tenderness? likeable characters?

  10. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Camouflage

    Writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi uses tensions and relationships in a university camp to explore issues with Poland in the 1970s, including the clash between generations and widely differing viewpoints on politics and how power can be used best. Not always an easy film to be appreciate, patient viewers who know more about the context and content will take a lot away from this.

  11. ujjwal's rating of the film Camouflage

    Quite verbose, and shot almost utilitarianially. But really worked out characters, and it's almost like the older professor and Zanussi together are cooking up things for the younger 'idealist' prof. In that sense, reminded me of funny games, where the director is part of the 'plotting as well'... the cynical guy, in the end does seem to have an upper hand over the idealist, moralist, smugness of the young prof.

  12. zubee's rating of the film Camouflage

    The last scene was the best of the whole lot. Socialists destroy everything they touch.

  13. Creighton Blinn's rating of the film Camouflage

    Starts off a bit heavy-handed, but grows more compelling as it progresses. At times, Jakub feels like a tongue-cheek riff on Mephisto in Faust . . .

  14. Jason's rating of the film Camouflage

    What at first struck me as being a kind of comic Trotskyite nightmare of overlapping voices and contention unto naught very quickly began to strike me, despite the obviously unique particulars of time and place, as something much more universal and perhaps even timely. CAMOUFLAGE could almost be repurposed to take place at contemporary Berkley. Cynicism may be sanity in the face microfactionalist dissonance.

  15. Martin Schneider's rating of the film Camouflage

    Intense and intellectual movie about an idealistic young professor who gets locked into a struggle against a cynical older colleague, who has decided to teach him a lesson. Unlike anything I've seen.

  16. Hayley&Colin's rating of the film Camouflage

  17. Nabil Hamzaki's rating of the film Camouflage

    "Human groups build value systems which only makes sense as long as they can survive."

  18. Leif Erikson's rating of the film Camouflage

    After all, people do have the potential for deeper feelings. Animals too for that matter. They often defend their young, the weak, the small. They can be faithful, monogamous, altruistic. But there the analogy ends. Human groups build value systems which make sense as long as they enable survival.

  19. captainfez's rating of the film Camouflage

    All the fun of intellectual jockeying in the 1970s with... well, that's it.

  20. dionysus67's rating of the film Camouflage

    Excellent Zanussi specimen. Maybe not so cinematic as other films but definitely compelling in the dissection of value-wars and cultural lags between students-faculty and across the latter. Acted with conviction it discloses the camouflage of materialism in idealism and vice versa. The dramatic 'reconciliation' must, as in all dialectics, involve struggle and the riveting finale conjures it with great force!

  21. Miggy Angel's rating of the film Camouflage

  22. Juan Javier's rating of the film Camouflage

    Tan Sincera como un ajuste de cuentas.

  23. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Camouflage

    In comparison with Zanussi´s earlier "The structure of crystals", which offers some similarities (opposition of two scholars, love-hate relationship), the conclusion is bitter : you can not exactly tell who "wins" in the previous one but eight years later, it is clearly cynicism that dominates in Poland. Visually, it is Zanussi´s less captivating work. The way the main character gets broken is interesting though.

  24. AVA's rating of the film Camouflage

    Gelungene Darstellung der Komplexität vorhandener Seilschaften.Ein immergrünes Thema.Hier gut aufgezeigt auch der Mut zum Widerspruch in jungen Jahren, der sich im Laufe der Jahre wandelt.Er wird zur Intriganz.

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