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No End (Bez konca) (1985)

No End (Bez konca) (1985)




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The late, celebrated Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski) has created a downbeat but emotionally harrowing, magic realist tale in this film about a fictional couple whose lives are taken over by events in Poland in the turbulent, early 1980s. Antoni Zyro (Jerzy Radziwilowicz), a Polish attorney, dies in an automobile accident. For the next several weeks, his spirit watches what happens to his wife Ula (Grazyna Szapolowska) and his cause, and directs her course of action. Ula decides that her love for her dead husband can only be expressed by hiring an attorney to defend Antoni's clients - one of the most prominent is a hero of the Gdansk strikes, accused of creating the Polish solidarity movement and fighting for the cause of democratic labor. As the lawyer defends the worker who fights for his right to organize a union, Ula is still struggling with the loss of her husband -- and losing her battle to go on.
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Artur Barcis
as Darek Stach
Jerzy Radziwi?owicz
as Antek Zyro
Jerzy Radziwilowicz
as Antek Zyro
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Critic Reviews for No End (Bez konca)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

[Deserves] to be counted among his acknowledged classics

August 30, 2006
AV Club
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I suspect that the story of how No End came to be made, and of how it speaks to Polish audiences, would be of as much interest to American audiences as the film itself.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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No End functions both as a compliment and a precursor to the director's most lasting works.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This 1984 feature by the remarkable Krzysztof Kieslowski has been described as his most explicitly political.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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The aching of a moral crisis permeates every pore, from courtroom to bedroom

Full Review… | March 14, 2010

Kieslowski's most overtly political film, also one of his most potent; it boasts a finale that will surely set viewer's tongues wagging, whether in agreement or disconcertion

Full Review… | November 14, 2004

Audience Reviews for No End (Bez konca)


I'm too young to understand and judge if the choice of the heroin at the last scene is right, but that particular cut (one long take) is breathtakingly cinematic. In many ways, this is a controversial and unforgettable film.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

Don't expect straight-up sci-fi, but don't leave "No End" as hung up on a left-leaning high-five. Kieslowski is a master of dreamy camerawork and hypnotic center, and he ultimately ends things in an explosion of light. Because sometimes brighter stars can kill the moonlight, or at least pull it out of focus for a while. And then when you're not looking, it drowns you and swallows everything and everyone surrounding.

Nick Ondras
Nick Ondras

Krzysztof Kieslowski's regular socially-committed theme, adding with more obvious fictional & dramatic elements. There are inspiring moments still, the brief but very reflective court scene for example.


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