An unusual film, both as a film in general and as a document on a family. There is a strange distance and a cold detachment between all of the characters and we never feel what's happening on the inside. That said, when Tomasz loses his wife the emotion hits home like a hammer. 3.5 stars
Avrei gradito un diverso taglio stilistico, magari un qualcosa di più distaccato e asettico (alla haneke per intenderci) con qualche riferimento in più alla sua arte, cosa che invece viene praticamente accantonata x concentrarsi su una parte della sua vita. Ad ogni modo è un film interessante che ,se come me non conoscevate la vita di questo artista , riesce anche a spiazzare , specie nel finale
Director Jan P. Matuszynski brings fresh and sincere look to the story of famous polish artists family of Zdislaw, Tomasz and Zofia Beksinski. While the core center is family relationship, injected with remarkable dose of black humor and memorable moments of Beksinski's breakdowns, at the same time it documents the change of the country. Raves to the superb acting by two lead actors.
Exceptional casting, makeup and costume portray two Polish greats and their family dynamic. The interiors are perfectly stylized, picking up nuances of the changing decades.The camera is mercilessly static with the exception of (mostly genuine?) footage by the painter, relying on the ingenious framing and sound editing to convey depth of action. Tragic, yet stoically hilarious. Best thing out of Poland in a while!