The Illumination (Iluminacja) (1973)




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Illuminacja follows the education of a young man from his entry into college to his final achievement of a doctorate. Paralleling his outer education, his inner education about life, family, sexuality and spiritual values is revealed. By the time he achieves his doctorate, he has been told that he has a life-shortening heart disease. However, because of his two-fold education, he is fulfilled in what he has done and is not much distressed. This Polish film, by the notable director Krzysztof Zanussi, won many awards at Italian film festivals. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Stanislaw Latallo
as Franciszek Retman
Malgorzata Pritulak
as Malgorzata wife of Franciszek
Irena Horecka
as Mother of ill patient
Wlodzimierz Zonn
as Dean of school
Ryszard Wachowski
as Man with axe in Franciszek's dream
Lukasz Turski
as Member of Examination Panel
Joanna Zólkowska
as Girl in window in Franciszek's dream
Jadwiga Colonna-Walewska
as Franciszek's Mother
Marcin Latallo
as Franciszek's son
Jan Skotnicki
as Ill patient
Agnieszka Holland
as Member of examination panel
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Critic Reviews for The Illumination (Iluminacja)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

The editing, at once jarring and exhilarating, is as revolutionary in its own way as that of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Chicago Reader
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The rapid editing and self-conscious technique is sometimes irritating, but more often proves sufficiently provocative to hold attention.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Although Zanussi's techniques, which mix fiction with documentary footage, are intelligent, Illumination manages to become increasingly banal as its hero zeroes in on compromise: marriage, fatherhood, the acceptance of his own mortality.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Polish director Krztsztof Zanussi's third feature and his most experimental crosses narrative cinema with filmed essay in an exploration of truth, knowledge and the elusive nature of happiness.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Total Film

This is a glum but intellectually sound film...

Full Review… | September 2, 2003
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