A horrific atrocity that, like another reviewer pointed out, deserved a better treatment. Oscillating between conventional melodrama and the old craftmanship in frame composition and melancholic mood, this is gruesome at points yet weak in terms of character development and transitions across the dark historical periods. A terrible plight for a nation, it's definitely worth watching, though below Wadja standards.
We've been here countless times before (and no doubt will again), if not in precise locale, then in tone and sentiment. Characterisation is stock, often sentimental with scenes delineated in the clearest black & white. An awful situation deserving something more penetrating or nuanced than this competent assemblage of crowds.
3.5 stars (4 stars, because I had to)... Extremely boring dramatization, but it gets better toward the end. The problem with this type of film is, the historical event is important enough to avoid showing boring conversations and overactings among victims' relatives. This should be a documentary style film.
Andrzej Wajda demuestra porque sigue sigue siendo uno de los grandes, con esta brutal historia ambientada durante la 2a. guerra mundial, en la que el cineasta se mantiene fiel a sus obsesiones y de un tono decididamente misantropo y obscuro. La pelicula esta llena de imagenes de una horrenda belleza, y el climax del film es tan delirante como aterrador.