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Masterfully crafted by an experienced directorial hand, Katyn is a powerful, personal depiction of wartime tragedy. Read critic reviews

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In 1940, at the beginning of World War II, Soviet soldiers conduct a mass execution of captured Polish officers. With Hitler's forces rapidly advancing into Eastern Europe, a surviving Polish officer, Lt. Jerzy (Andrzej Chyra), at great risk to his own life, chooses to stay behind with his wife, Anna (Maja Ostaszewska). As the Germans round up Lt. Jerzy and other officers, propaganda efforts cover up the truth about the Soviet soldiers' shocking brutality.

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  • Nov 07, 2012
    Rating: 1 star Arthouse rating: 1.5 stars I'll be in the minority and say I could not stand this film at all. The performances were all over the place, I'd rather have the actors be consistently horrific than seeing a talented actor standing by a zombie on a move set. It was either to forced or to weak, and a few good supporting roles. The one that stood out was the Nazi officer closing the university. The director pushed for accurate and strong scenery, but it was so grey that it caused a sleeping effect. I realize it's intended to be a drama, but even the bright colors (like a red communist flag) would be dark. It seemed to be searching for a tone dialectal wise. The same minute one is celebrating she breaks down. The main character was annoying, and I honestly could not finish the film, which hasn't happened in awhile. I could care less how it worked it out, it had the passion, but not the result.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2012
    An engrossing, if necessarily episodic film about the shocking massacre of Polish officers at the hands of Stalin's secret police during World War II, which through propaganda and cover-ups was kept from the families of those killed. Andrzej Wajda's film is a superb piece on memory and a largely forgotten history and builds to a shocking climax.
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  • Sep 10, 2011
    Katy? is a brilliant exposition of the evil in the Polish-Russian history, the Katy? Massacre; with impressions of hope, lies, and struggle for identity, honor, and pride. Elegant despite the content. Serious, packing a powerful emotional punch. History made timely, interesting, and relevant.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2011
    Appreciate it for the historical knowledge it offered (you can blame my knowledge if you're a know-it-all), but the fictionalization and dialogues weren't quite effective.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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