Katyn (2009)



Critic Consensus: Masterfully crafted by an experienced directorial hand, Katyn is a powerful, personal depiction of wartime tragedy.

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In the spring of 1940, following the invasion of Poland by Russia's Red Army in 1939, up to 20,000 Polish officers and soldiers were executed by Stalin's secret police. The men were imprisoned in three POW camps, one of which was based in the Katy? forest. Working from a novel by Andrzej Mularczyk and real life accounts, "Katy?" tells the story of four fictional families, forever separated from one another in 1939. A brutal and devastating work, it also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.
Art House & International , Drama
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Danuta Stenka
as General's Wife
Jan Englert
as General
Pawel Malaszynski
as Lieutenant Pilot
Maja Komorowska
as Captain's Mother
Wladyslaw Kowalski
as Captain's Father
Siergiej Garmasz
as Russian Officer
Krzysztof Globisz
as Professor of Chemistry
Anna Radwan
as Anna's Sister-in-Law
Joachim Paul Assböck
as Lt. Colonel Müller
Sergei Garmash
as Maj. Popov
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Critic Reviews for Katyn

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (21)

[Director] Wajda has brought some small measure of rest to their names, to Poland, and to history.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Katyn is remarkably concise and (if one may say this about a cinematic commemoration of mass murder) elegant.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Wajda's intensity and passion, as well as his intelligence and craft, are unmistakable from the very first sequence. Virtually from the first shot.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The principal success of Wajda's stately, widescreen and exquisitely shot film lies in its sober attempt to mirror the fragmented truth of a genocide.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The great filmmaker's urge to show generations of his countrymen what they were told not to think about is what moves him, and while "Katyn" rises above didacticism, you can feel the director keeping his emotions in check throughout.

Full Review… | May 28, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Has sweep and conviction and, most rewardingly, a long-overdue revelation of historical truth.

May 14, 2009
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Katyn

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 Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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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 stranger
familiar stranger

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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana I have an affinity for true stories, especially those that bring to light an injustice or atrocity. Katyn is a powerful film about the war crimes of the Soviet Union on the people of Poland, specifically the slaughter of Polish officers in the Katyn forest, 1940. Deeply moving. God bless Poland.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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