Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig)
Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (2007)

Agnieszka, a welder, is a loyal and dedicated worker and a perennial "Heroine of Labor." Taunted by her peers for being such a paragon of virtue, she nonetheless advocates tirelessly for workers' rights without much reward.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 2007
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Joshua Land
Time Out New York

Te movie picks up in the final act as Agnieszka's political activities begin to eclipse her personal drama, culminating in the historic 1980 strike that would lead to the creation of free labor unions in Poland.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Rough-hewn and modest, stirring but rarely grandiose. This seems fitting, since part of what made Solidarity so inspiring was its gritty, determined refusal of ideological grandstanding or political melodrama.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A cinematic tribute to a genuine working-class hero whose courage and zeal for justice fueled the Solidarity Movement in Poland.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

An inspiring tale of a small woman who stands tall in the face of injustice.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The script plays fast and loose with the facts and adds soap-operaish touches, but [Katharina] Thalbach is a feisty delight. Strike is no Tin Drum, but her performance makes the melodrama worthwhile.

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Emanuel Levy

An unabashedly sentimental, old-fashioned drama of the woman who inspired Poland's Solidarity that by comparison makes the celebration of American working-class heroines--in Norma Rae, Silkwood, North Country--subtle and complex.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It's all a lot closer to melodrama than drama, but Thalbach is a dynamo.

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Jan Stuart

It has a pumping dynamism that keeps you with it.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight.

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