The story of a doctor named Tomasz who questions his beliefs, faith and morality as the end of his life is near, so he makes all efforts to find dignity in his imminent death.
The final film—which swept the Polish Film Awards—in our Krzysztof Zanussi retrospective brings us to the post-Communist era of Poland today. An eloquent drama about the quest for spiritual harmony while facing death, it asks vital questions about how to accept the world as it changes around you.
Profoundly religious. Zanussi masterfully avoids any convoluted discourses and the use of overly dramatic tones.
The result, a monastic account of mankind struggle in this existence.
A masterpiece which is a prayer chanted in tears.
PC. The film within the film is a Catholic parable that reproduces itself in the film much less directly, by levels of repudiation of the ultimate path that leads believers to their abode: death. The whole film is more a discussion and fear's disturbance than an acceptance, and what Zanussi magnificently performs, like some Ermanno Olmis' films, is to build a materia(l) exystence in(to) a non-materia/faith system.
Zanussi looks into the abyss with this wonderful film about mortality, faith and acceptance. Zbigniew Zapasiewicz is spectacular here as an aged physician suffering from inoperable cancer who must accept his fate and struggle with the concept of faith. The script is perhaps Zanussi's most approachable and certainly his most humanistic.
Zanussi is back, and this time he's contemplating such grandiose topics as life, morality, love and of course the grandest, strangest and spookiest of them all, death. Definitely not my favorite of the bunch, but it's still a perfectly good little drama.
A travers une problématique morale assoupie, acceptant l'idée qu'un dénouement positif et bénéfique peut être acquis par des moyens détournés voire malhonnêtes, comme la tromperie ou la dissimulation (la fin justifie les moyens) Krzysztof Zanussi cantonne son personnage principal dans le refus de transiger avec les principes fondamentaux universels de morale et de probité.