Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig)
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Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig)
An ordinary working woman helps to spark a revolution in this historical drama inspired by a true story. Agnieszka Kowalska (Katharina Thalbach) has been working as a welder in the shipyards of Gdansk, Poland, since 1950, struggling to support her son since divorcing her husband. Working conditions at the shipyard have always been difficult and dangerous, and in 1961 Agnieszka begins speaking out, confronting her bosses about the rights of the workers; her fellow employees are at once grateful to her and worried about what might happen if she rocks the boat too hard. Agnieszka's personal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A cinematic tribute to a genuine working-class hero whose courage and zeal for justice fueled the Solidarity Movement in Poland."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The only genuine moment in Strike, is when a skeptical worker asks the protesters, is your solution to let the West march in? The filmmaker, regrettably, never has the courage to respond."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Schlöndorff settles for a rather passive-aggressive account of a resistance fighter's life, made up of strung-together vignettes that lack for specificity and motivating example."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"An inspiring tale of a small woman who stands tall in the face of injustice."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Debatable as history, 'Strike' sets its camera eye on the underplayed "secular saints" who contribute to that history."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's all a lot closer to melodrama than drama, but Thalbach is a dynamo."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It has a pumping dynamism that keeps you with it."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"It's a deeply affecting drama that pays tribute to a woman who's little known outside of Poland."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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