Olga is a complex young woman desperate to break free from her unfeeling family and social conventions. With her Louise Brooks-like tomboyish looks she drags herself, chain-smoking, from one job to another until she appears to find her niche as a truck driver.
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Cool B&W. Yet, I was hoping for a more tender and sensitive movie. Even revealing Olga's sexuality added nothing but provocative images (dancing with unbuttoned shirt [nothing underneath, of course], cunnilingus [yeah I get it], etc). In the end I just couldn't wait for the incident, which made me feel like a cold-hearted b*tch. The letter was heartbreaking, though.
A perfectly timed, political and socially relevant examination of the psychology of terror and the way society responds to it. Sparse on sound design the striking black & white photography beautifully enhances the piercing and often confounding glare from the conflicted protagonist Olga. 3.5 stars
Concebido inicialmente como un documental, el film busca adentrarse en la tortuosa personalidad de la protagonista, mediante una gélida mirada critica hacía una sociedad capaz de engendrar monstruos, resultando esenciales para ello los aportes de la lente en blanco y negro de Adam Sikora y la brillante actuación de Michalina Olszanska en el papel de la jóven asesina, en el cuál luce tan sugestiva como aterradora.
"I’m clueless about Olga Hepnarova. While granting that modus operandi really isn’t that important, I just can’t get into vehicular slaughterers. It seem too mediated, like using remote explosives (too hot). And knives stray too far from the whole “mass” aspect (too cold). The aesthetic of pistols tends to be just (sic) right." - Adam Lanza, who shot 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012
This is Michalina Olszanska's show. Her brunette like heavily gloomy armor, her crooked back being agonized by pressure of society, her skinny body which screams out sorrowful lack of love, her voice with deep void & no emotion, her obsessive habit of smoking due to suvival in bullshitty daylife. A solitude empodied by her is so intense & dolorous that directors can't capture it completely. Anyway, good movie.