I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová)
I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017)

Michalina Olszanska portrays an unstable, neglected young woman who commits an unconscionable crime in the dark biopic based on a true crime story. The film follows the titular character, an angry, misunderstood woman sturggling with her… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As stark and riveting as its cinematography, I, Olga Hepnarová takes a sober, haunting look at the life leading up to a woman's horrific real-life crime.

Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com

We're left feeling that Olga herself might find the film expertly mounted but still missing a more visceral, pissed-off tone.

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Tanner Tafelski
Village Voice

I, Olga Hepnarová is a stoic and sobering character study of a lonely young lesbian murderess shunned by those around her.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A serious exploration of the mind of a young woman who seeks revenge for being bullied or ignored by parents, peers, and the whole Czech society.

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Andrew Lapin
NPR

[Olszanska's] glassy-eyed, understated rendition of a woman who's lost all touch with reality jars us from our senses, despite - or perhaps because of - the filmmakers' clear fascination with their protagonist's sex appeal.

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Guy Lodge
Variety

Writer-directors Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda construct a still-topical case study of extreme trauma yielded by adolescent bullying and parental neglect, fronted with committed intensity by rising Polish star Michalina Olszanska.

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Christopher Gray
Slant Magazine

The filmmakers take few measures to engender sympathy for Olga, but their prismatic take on her life, while novel, precludes making any resonant statements about homosexuality, emotional health, or humankind's capacity for evil.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

Anchored by a startling performance by Michalina Olszanska, the Czech film "I, Olga Hepnarova" is an austere, hypnotic story of sadness, madness and murder.

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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter

A modestly gripping debut which never quite musters the dramatic gravitas that such an emotionally charged true story should.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Echoing the ethical complexity of Krzysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing, Weinreb and Kazda offer no easy conclusions, only cruel, confusing realities.

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