Blizna (The Scar) (1976)
Critic Reviews for Blizna (The Scar)
An eye-opening emphasis on the ramifications of Polish bureaucracy.
A polished political savvy drama about the days leading up to the Solidarity Movement in Gdansk, during the time of a bleak Poland under Communist rule.
Kieslowski said it was a film of contradiction, compromise and hypocrisy, and indeed, through the story of the rise and fall of a big rural factory, he pits community against government, environment against industry, and ambition against responsibility.
Stark and darkly realistic study of the flaws inherent in the system
Audience Reviews for Blizna (The Scar)
The Scar This film is from Kino Video, which is a leader in international films. This is a polish film with English subtitles, about a chemical factory being but up and how it effects the community, and one honest man tries to get it all right. Reminds me of current day wal-mart's littering the countryside. All in all the movie is a 3 star show.
Less interesting than your typical Kieslowski, but not really such a bad film. The subject matter (the bureaucracy and issues associated with building and running a factory) is inherently drab, but he gets a surprising amount of mileage out of it. Bednarz is a character facing morally complex problems, and with some trimming this could be a pretty good episode of Decalogue. As a feature-length, it doesn't quite have the legs, but it's not unwatchable or anything.
An interesting transitional piece for Krzysztof Kieslowski, although narrative fiction, BLIZNA retains a lot of the feel of Kieslowski's documentary work. The use of camera to infuse inner-life and metaphor into the simplest of shots is perhaps even more profoundly beautiful in the rawness of these earlier films than in his better known later work. One particular scene that echos in my memory is when Bednarz has just entered his new apartment and looks out the window at the trees. The room is empty and all white. A bare light bulb hangs from the ceiling. The effect that follows is simple, not necessarily well-done, but extremely effective. This is not my favorite Kieslowski film, but I would say any student of film should see it in the context of this filmmaker's overall artistic journey.
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