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In the spring of 1940, following the invasion of Poland by Russia's Red Army in 1939, up to 20,000 Polish officers and soldiers were executed by Stalin's secret police. The men were imprisoned in three POW camps, one of which was based in the Katy? forest. Working from a novel by Andrzej Mularczyk and real life accounts, "Katy?" tells the story of four fictional families, forever separated from one another in 1939. A brutal and devastating work, it also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director] Wajda has brought some small measure of rest to their names, to Poland, and to history."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The principal success of Wajda's stately, widescreen and exquisitely shot film lies in its sober attempt to mirror the fragmented truth of a genocide."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"This was the film Wajda wanted to make all his life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This may not rank among his greatest masterpieces, but it's exciting to see that Wajda still has a devastating, defiant work in him."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"This powerful, heartfelt and important drama from one of the great names in world cinema deserves to be seen."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Katyn is remarkably concise and (if one may say this about a cinematic commemoration of mass murder) elegant."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"The great filmmaker's urge to show generations of his countrymen what they were told not to think about is what moves him, and while "Katyn" rises above didacticism, you can feel the director keeping his emotions in check throughout."
‑ , Boston Globe
"Oscar-winning Polish writer/director Andrzej Wajda is now 83 years old. But he thankfully hasn't lost his ability to outrage viewers for all the right reasons."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"Delivering an emotional punch to the gut in the final reel, this engaging account of an under-reported tragedy will remind you how cinema can still rise to the occasion and go beyond the empty bangs and flashes of tent pole releases."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Wajda has achieved something truly memorable: the film reminds you that cinema can be the preserver of the truth's smallest details, when a run of excellent pictures can finally tell a story the world was waiting for."
‑ Andrew O'Hagan, This is London
"Wajda's intensity and passion, as well as his intelligence and craft, are unmistakable from the very first sequence. Virtually from the first shot."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Has sweep and conviction and, most rewardingly, a long-overdue revelation of historical truth."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Andrjez Wajda, whose father was one of the officers killed in Katyn, uses the event to explore some of the unhealed wounds suffered by the Poles in World War II."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"It is serious film-making of the most noble intent and it strenuously attacks the state ideologies that continue to legitimise war crimes."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Katyn is a solemn, troubling film that makes necessary demands on its audience."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
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