A unique and positively exceptional film, in the many senses of that word. Few films ever force you to look quite as hard as this one, which is not to say you can't get lost in it. The starry cast feels a bit odd for a feature about dutch renaissance artists/peasants/lords, but then maybe I just can't shake the memory of old Basil Exposition.
The oddest anti-realism. I was enthralled for the first half hour or so by the wordless, technically brilliant visuals and the lighting. But as time passed on, the disappointment with this sterile, incomprehensible film grew. Also: Enjoy an all-Polish supporting cast, in a Polish mountain landscape, with three lead actors speaking English – now if that isn't Brueghel's Flanders come alive. Pretentious failure.
The famous painting as a multidimensional network of historical events, imagined human relationships and invented 16th century soundscapes: Majewski explores the structures beyond the surface of Bruegel's "Procession to Calvary" and makes us see a work of art from another - also highly artificial - point of view.
Past and present collide in this grandiose film that brings to life the work of painter Pieter Brugel. Nearly wordless, the film relies almost entirely on its visuals. Some of its special effects are stronger than others, but it puts the viewer into the painting. Mixing the ordinary & the mundane w/ unflinching violence, the film pulls you in. While it does lose its way near the ending, its a meditative & unique film