The movie has an altogether haunting feel, capped by a final shot thatâ(TM)s a brilliant callback to an earlier line of dialogue. If you want to get home bad enough, you can always find a way.
| Original Score: 3/5
None of my carps amount to a suggestion to skip this surprising film. It's just somewhat imperfect, is all.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It has been beautifully crafted in the finest tradition of Poland's venerable and distinguished cinema.
| Original Score: 4/5
What gives Retrieval its unique drive and power is the exceedingly accomplished cast.
Overall, it's still a fine debut, balancing its more ungainly dramatic turns with an absolutely perfect and poetic (dare I say Dardenne-esque?) final shot.
Throughout, Bogumil Godfrejow's mostly hand-held camerawork is apt and affecting.
Though not particularly original, Z odzysku (Retrieval), demands to be reckoned with because of several key scenes that are almost flawlessly executed.
Retrieval is unlikely to take home any prizes for originality in Cannes, but feature debut for Polish helmer Slawomir Fabricki punches above its weight with beefy genre tale of an essentially decent young pugilist.