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Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig)

Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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An ordinary working woman helps to spark a revolution in this historical drama inspired by a true story. Agnieszka Kowalska (Katharina Thalbach) has been working as a welder in the shipyards of Gdansk, Poland, since 1950, struggling to support her son since divorcing her husband. Working conditions at the shipyard have always been difficult and dangerous, and in 1961 Agnieszka begins speaking out, confronting her bosses about the rights of the workers; her fellow employees are at once grateful

Sep 25, 2007

Laemmle/Zeller Films/Red Envelope

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Te movie picks up in the final act as Agnieszka's political activities begin to eclipse her personal drama, culminating in the historic 1980 strike that would lead to the creation of free labor unions in Poland.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An inspiring tale of a small woman who stands tall in the face of injustice.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's all a lot closer to melodrama than drama, but Thalbach is a dynamo.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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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.

June 15, 2007
New York Times
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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.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It has a pumping dynamism that keeps you with it.

June 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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A cinematic tribute to a genuine working-class hero whose courage and zeal for justice fueled the Solidarity Movement in Poland.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The only genuine moment in Strike, is when a skeptical worker asks the protesters, is your solution to let the West march in? The filmmaker, regrettably, never has the courage to respond.

June 16, 2007 Full Review
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Debatable as history, 'Strike' sets its camera eye on the underplayed "secular saints" who contribute to that history.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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It's a deeply affecting drama that pays tribute to a woman who's little known outside of Poland.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Schlöndorff settles for a rather passive-aggressive account of a resistance fighter's life, made up of strung-together vignettes that lack for specificity and motivating example.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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