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Ether

Eter

Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Poland, Ukraine, 2018
Drama, History, Thriller
  • Polish
  • English, Portuguese
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Synopsis

Russia, dawn of the 20th century. A military doctor, infatuated by a young patient, accidentally kills her with a lethal overdose of ether. Exiled to a fortress, and convinced that his experiments will alter the soldiers’ stamina, the doctor will soon find himself at the center of an espionage plot.

Our take

Following our extensive 2018 retrospective of Polish auteur Krzysztof Zanussi, we are premiering the master’s latest: a dark and engrossing WWI tale of battlefield experimentation and intellectual hubris. Mad scientists and the Faust myth are brilliantly evoked in this chilling and prescient vision.

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Critics reviews

The film is a probing psychological study, somewhat typical of a filmmaker who has been referred to as his country’s cinematic “moral conscience.”
April 18, 2019
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This creepy period drama is one of the strongest films director Krzysztof Zanussi has made since the 1980s.
March 21, 2019
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