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. Living alone with her teenaged son, she spends her days on endless, repetitive tasks, but a glimmer of joy arrives when a happy-go-lucky, trumpet-playing newcomer takes an apartment in her block and the two start a relationship.
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Critic Reviews for Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig)
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.
An inspiring tale of a small woman who stands tall in the face of injustice.
It's all a lot closer to melodrama than drama, but Thalbach is a dynamo.
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.
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.
A cinematic tribute to a genuine working-class hero whose courage and zeal for justice fueled the Solidarity Movement in Poland.
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.
Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight.
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.
Debatable as history, 'Strike' sets its camera eye on the underplayed "secular saints" who contribute to that history.
It's a deeply affecting drama that pays tribute to a woman who's little known outside of Poland.
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