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Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80's, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek's wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sense of dread suffuses this film, which offers yet another slice of World War II history."
‑ Cynthia Dickison, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has made the mistake of going about his business as if he were fashioning a horror film."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Even if its frequent forays into that genre become too literal and excessive, Pasikowski's capacity for illustrating the inhumanity of humans still delivers the chills."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"[Pasikowski] made the film anyway as an act of conscience, writing and directing it without a trace of ego but with plenty of narrative efficiency and emotional punch."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Intelligent and horrifying. One of the best mystery thrillers since Tell No One."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"There is something especially unsettling about groupthink, particularly when it comes to evil."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Aftermath is a bombshell disguised as a thriller."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One of the new wave of holocaust expose's that probes beneath the surface to expose little known factors and factotums."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
"An atmospheric triumph."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"In a Polish village during the early 1940s, the entire Jewish population of the town has been liquidated...but not by the Germans! This dramatized film uncovered the mystery layer by layer in an engrossing manner."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Jozek's and Franek's characters (and Czop's and Stuhr's performances) are continually surprising and ultimately indelible. You can read how their mindsets shift as they stumble onto new truths."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"The affecting, well-conceived story explores collectively repressed Holocaust guilt."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Entirely engrossing and intelligent, apart from a couple of scenes where (one character) runs alone into the dark woods when he hears mysterious noises. "Aftermath" serves as a testament to all those attempting to atone for humanity's sins of the past."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Tackling an impossibly bleak subject, Pasikowski infuses the effort with passion and tragedy, making the work come alive onscreen."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Intense thriller exposes the corrosive effect of collective silence and lies over decades. . . Dramatic cinematography keeps contrasting lovely landscapes with nasty doings."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
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