Afterimage (Powidoki)
Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017)

The hero of the movie "Afterimages" Władysław Strzemiński, an artist who did not give up and socialist realism experienced dramatic effects of their artistic choices. It is a film about how the socialist government… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 19, 2017
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Afterimage's punishing narrative pays dividends through Andrzej Wajda's still-formidable control and a message that, while certainly grim, is undeniably worthy.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is a film that is heavily didactic, with extended passages of dialogue that resemble ideological communiqués. It is also stunningly well acted and painfully powerful to view.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Afterimage" feels vividly connected to the Polish auteur's beginnings, yet also acts as the kind of haunting close that sums up a life.

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Carlos Marañón
Cinemanía (Spain)

Andrzej Wajda shares testament with the (bold) artist Strzemiński. [Full review in Spanish]

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Brent McKnight
Seattle Times

Deliberately paced, bleak and a touch repetitive, Afterimages is a swan song from one of the greats, who, much like his subject, leaves viewers with a treatise on how to look at the world.

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Godfrey Cheshire

Afterimage is mounted in a classical, beautifully understated style that throughout conveys the assurance of a true master.

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Filipe Freitas
Film Threat

Impeccably photographed by Pawel Edelman (The Pianist, Ray), Afterimage is a well-told story that eschews any sort of abstraction or ambiguity.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Wajda brings such a controlled fervor to this portrait because it's clear that, like Strzeminski, he identifies as a dissident in dangerous times.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

This is an angry, vivid, passionate film.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

... it is famous Polish actor Boguslaw Linda who dazzles with his hidden volcano of emotion.

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