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217 Ratings

Wałęsa. Man of Hope.

Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei.

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 2013
Drama, Biography


This epic, decade-spanning biopic depicts the extraordinary life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, this explosive film traces in dramatic fashion the growth of the Polish Solidarity movement, which was central to the collapse of the Soviet Union and Poland’s transition to democracy.

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Wałęsa. Man of Hope. Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Critics reviews

As portrayed by Robert Wieckiewicz, the steely dissident never really comes into focus as a private person, though there are some revealing moments from his family life… Yet limiting the narrative to the most heroic period in Walesa’s life, and completely omitting his rocky presidential administration and Poland’s transition to capitalism, tend to simplify him despite Wajda’s stated ambition to confront the Polish people with a more complicated figure.
November 06, 2013
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The film is carried by an energetic and charismatic central performance by Robert Więckiewicz which really transmits his chops as a self-starting statesman and political negotiator… The delivery of information is episodic (as is natural with biography), but Wajda’s direction is exemplary as he shifts effortlessly between the drama of intimate confrontation and braying hoards of disgruntled workers.
October 17, 2013
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While largely complimentary to the still-living, elder statesman of the working class, Wajda’s biopic moves meticulously through the major events of Wałęsa’s life with a bracing veracity and the perfect pacing of a master craftsman.
October 02, 2013
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