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: June 29, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
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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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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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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.

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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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.

Julia Wallace
Village Voice

This is Iron Curtain porn at its most shameless -- a rousing industrial rock song plays in the background every time [director] Schlöndorff wants to invoke the Spirit of Labor -- but [actress] Thalbach's Agnieszka is irresistible.

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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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