Afterimage (Powidoki) Reviews

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May 17, 2017
Afterimage however is crisp, brisk, understated, and straightforward, untainted by the bluish haze that seems endemic to European period films.
May 17, 2017
An intense biopicture about a Polish avant-garde painter persecuted by the Communist government.
May 17, 2017
Director and co-writer Andrzej Wajda's story is a vise that inexorably tightens on the artist as he loses his job, his gallery, and the professional credentials required for artists to work.
May 17, 2017
Afterimage is testament to the suffering of every artist given an ultimatum by authoritarians to do as they say or face the consequences.
May 15, 2017
An imperfect portrait, then, but hardly an unworthy one.
May 15, 2017
If we take the title seriously, then we should turn away mentally from the central figure in his moment of time and look instead at the lingering shadow that the regime's actions imposed on those who followed.
May 14, 2017
Andrzej Wajda's film is a lean, unwavering look at the effects of artistic idealism in the face of fascist doctrine.
April 30, 2017
Uncompromisingly sympathetic, Wajda's final feature is a work of grounded humanity free from melodrama.
March 23, 2017
Wise beyond her years, [Nika, played by Bronislawa Zamachowska] has a curt, verging on antagonistic relationship with her old man, but she's a ray of light in an otherwise grave endeavour.
March 23, 2017
Slow but gripping.
February 22, 2017
After 90 years and more than 50 films, Wajda has earned the right to make stagey period pieces like Afterimage, minor codas to a gloriously symphonic career.
February 3, 2017
As glum as it may seem - to the point of playing, in places, like a parody of a despondent Eastern European art-house drama - Afterimage succeeds in knowingly succumbing to the tragedy of Strzemiński's story.
November 10, 2016
Andrzej Wajda, one of Poland's greatest filmmakers, closed out his long career with this unusually personal and despairing biopic of the avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski.
October 16, 2016
This is an essential addition to the tragic cultural history of the communist era in Eastern Europe and the disasters wrecked by this totalitarian rule.
September 21, 2016
Another significant chapter in Polish history from Wajda, albeit one unlikely to travel as widely as some of his past subjects.
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