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: 84% 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.

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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James Marsh
South China Morning Post

Afterimage exudes an energy and clarity that elevate it above its familiar cold war setting, to serve as a worthy statement from a true master of the cinematic arts.

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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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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

It seems apropos that Afterimage is Wajda's last film as it makes him ever-present after death.

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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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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Afterimage suffers from a clunky script and an overdetermined formal palette.

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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

a dramatization of how even a very strong personality can be ground down between the stones of clashing political ideologies.

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