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Pociag (Baltic Express) (Night Train) Reviews

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½ May 27, 2018
Technically I suppose this is a thriller but it's much more "Elevator to the Gallows' than 'Strangers on a Train', with an emphasis on style and mood rather than plot. It's beautifully shot and in Lucyna Winnicka it has an actress who, like Moreau, holds the viewer's attention without actually having to say or do very much.
½ July 24, 2012
Great Polish thriller, one of the greatest cinematographic achievements in the post-war Poland. Not as known as it should be. The story is compelling and suspenseful and the portrayals are clear and expressive.
June 16, 2012
The unity of time, place and action at its best.
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2011
I won't deny the influence of Hitchcock and the initial fragments of the by-then fresh Nouvelle Vague, yet I won't deny its superiority over Hitchcock either. Strangers on a Train (1951)? This groundbreaking Polish masterpiece conglomerates a vox populi of a community of strangers put together under mysterious circumstances. It is labeled as a thriller but its plot emphasis goes much more beyond. The score is superb and the photography work is top-notch: claustrophobic when necessary and exciting and absorbing when capturing an outside world awaiting for unexplained and tragic events to step foot on natural soil.

½ June 3, 2010
The directing in this film is marvelous. Kawalerowicz uses tight shots and makes the most of crowded hallways to add to the claustrophobic feeling of this film. A good, noirish train movie, much in the style of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train.
Super Reviewer
February 14, 2010
What are the odds when you don't know you're enticing a potential murderer?La notte of the long-lost lovers, quite possibly the vanity of the ethereal breeze during this frail train ride.Kawalerowicz's synchronization when commenting the decisions and tribulations of his native fellowmen bites the dust,causes a challenging,almost psychological earthquake and plunges into a sorrowful pondering on how humanity's sake can and will forever fit inside a handful of train-wagons.
November 13, 2008
If you are tired of Hollywood pulp and are ready for something different, this is it! Less is more. Perfect form and tension curve. Every gesture has meaning. It kept my interest till the end.
½ May 18, 2008
Nice flowing story, good actors and movie music. Thanks to polish movie festival promoters
April 20, 2008
wonderfully filmed, romantic film-noir from the very beginning of Polish Film-school and one of it's most outstanding director Jerzy Kawalerowicz. He creates from the first moments poetic and enigmatic atmosphere that haunts you also after the show.
October 29, 2007
Tense Polish thriller from the director of 'Mother Joan of the Angels'. Jerzy takes a train to the Baltic coast. He's lost his ticket, and pays double for an individual compartment, desperate to avoid company. However a woman named Marta is in his compartment and refuses to leave. Both are ill at ease and behave oddly. Then the passengers learn news of a murder and that the murderer may be on this train.

Kawalerowicz does a superb job at maintaining suspense, never giving us more than small clues about the identity of the killer or why Jerzy and Marta are so desperate to be alone. Throw in tricky relationships - Marta's crazed ex-lover and Jerzy being pursued by a married woman, trademark overheard shots (much like Mother Joan of the Angels), and you have a taut thriller that never drops in pace or levels of suspense. I'm sure Hitchcock would have approved.
½ August 12, 2007
This lean, haunting Polish thriller that takes place almost entirely during one train trip explores the coldest of the cynic's battle-cries: your worst nightmare is everyone else's favorite joke.
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