Afterimage (Powidoki) Reviews

June 15, 2017
Deliberately paced, bleak and a touch repetitive, Afterimages is a swan song from one of the greats, who, much like his subject, leaves viewers with a treatise on how to look at the world.
May 26, 2017
Wajda brings such a controlled fervor to this portrait because it's clear that, like Strzeminski, he identifies as a dissident in dangerous times.
May 25, 2017
"Afterimage" feels vividly connected to the Polish auteur's beginnings, yet also acts as the kind of haunting close that sums up a life.
May 19, 2017
Afterimage is mounted in a classical, beautifully understated style that throughout conveys the assurance of a true master.
May 17, 2017
This is an angry, vivid, passionate film.
May 17, 2017
Afterimage suffers from a clunky script and an overdetermined formal palette.
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.
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.
September 21, 2016
Another significant chapter in Polish history from Wajda, albeit one unlikely to travel as widely as some of his past subjects.