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It represents an occasionally uneven collision of genres, but all in all, Wladyslaw Pasikowski's Aftermath delves into Holocaust guilt with power and efficiency.



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Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80's, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek's wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim and also generated intense controversy. Polish nationals have accused the film of being anti-Polish propaganda, as well as a distortion of a sensitive piece of Polish history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.(c) Menemsha

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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.

Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A sense of dread suffuses this film, which offers yet another slice of World War II history.

Mar 31, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There is something especially unsettling about groupthink, particularly when it comes to evil.

Mar 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has made the mistake of going about his business as if he were fashioning a horror film.

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Aftermath is a bombshell disguised as a thriller.

Nov 14, 2013 | Full Review…

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Another story depicting the dirty secrets of wartime, and giving a twisted ending. While the ending didn't have a great effect on me, overall the movie helped me pass the time quite easily. 5.5 out of 10.

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