Aftermath (Poklosie) Reviews

October 10, 2014
The shocks, and the repressed wickedness, as in all well-done horror films, build slowly, then reach a crescendo that is hard to bear and harder to shake off.
March 31, 2014
A sense of dread suffuses this film, which offers yet another slice of World War II history.
March 14, 2014
There is something especially unsettling about groupthink, particularly when it comes to evil.
March 13, 2014
Jozek's and Franek's characters (and Czop's and Stuhr's performances) are continually surprising and ultimately indelible. You can read how their mindsets shift as they stumble onto new truths.
November 15, 2013
Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has made the mistake of going about his business as if he were fashioning a horror film.
November 14, 2013
Aftermath is a bombshell disguised as a thriller.
November 1, 2013
The affecting, well-conceived story explores collectively repressed Holocaust guilt.
November 1, 2013
Writer-director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has structured "Aftermath" like a mystery; revealing itself one layer at a time
November 1, 2013
The more the action hews to a Hammer horror template, the less congruent it feels with historical revelation.
November 1, 2013
"Aftermath" is toothless, and that's inexcusable for a civics lesson that's supposed to jolt us out of complacency.
November 1, 2013
Its picture of rural Poland - where a wood stove still sits in the kitchen, an outhouse in the backyard, and no one forgets anything - is fresh and striking. And the conflict between the brother who stayed, and the brother who left, has real depth.
October 31, 2013
Delivers its Holocaust-related story with the clunking force of a blunt instrument slammed into the skull.
October 31, 2013
A highly unsettling look at lingering prejudice and collective guilt.
October 30, 2013
Between its blunt dialogue and even blunter imagery,'s noble intentions are trumped by its ungainly execution.
October 29, 2013
With its slow-burn pacing and horrifying reveals, Aftermath remains a deeply compelling puzzle.
October 29, 2013
Aftermath is not merely a grandiose apology for Holocaust-era complicity. It taps a richer vein with its examination of why such an apology is ultimately so empty, even if it takes profound bravery to apologize.
October 28, 2013
The film isn't so much about the moral atrophy of people who refuse to come to terms with their past as it is about cosmic karma passed from fathers to sons like an ancient curse.
October 28, 2013
What seems clearly intended as homage comes out as pastiche.
October 25, 2013
Predicated on the unraveling of the social fabric, "Aftermath" is a thriller that's meant to stun.