Papusza (2014)



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This film is based on the true story of the Roma poet Bronislawa Wajs (1908--1987). The film follows Papusza's life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community for betraying their secrets.

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Andrzej Walden
as Julian Tuwim
Antoni Pawlicki
as Jerzy Ficowski
Artur Steranko
as Czarnecki
Jowita Budnik
as Bronislawa Wajs-Papusza
Zbigniew Walerys
as Dionizy Wajs

Critic Reviews for Papusza

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

As it is, the film is a bit of a slog and bizarrely, given the subject matter, rather lacking in poetry.

Mar 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Immaculately composed in loving widescreen, the portrait of the gypsy camps brims with life.

Jan 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A sombre but impressive production.

Apr 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I could have stared and stared at the opening shot alone. But visuals apart, this biopic is frustratingly slack.

Apr 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a profoundly depressing tale, but beautifully photographed in black and white.

Mar 31, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Papusza is at its most enthralling in some of the flashbacks, where we glimpse the heroine as an agent of her own fate.

Feb 21, 2014 | Full Review…

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