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An inspiring tale of a small woman who stands tall in the face of injustice.
It's all a lot closer to melodrama than drama, but Thalbach is a dynamo.
Rough-hewn and modest, stirring but rarely grandiose. This seems fitting, since part of what made Solidarity so inspiring was its gritty, determined refusal of ideological grandstanding or political melodrama.
The script plays fast and loose with the facts and adds soap-operaish touches, but [Katharina] Thalbach is a feisty delight. Strike is no Tin Drum, but her performance makes the melodrama worthwhile.
It has a pumping dynamism that keeps you with it.
This is Iron Curtain porn at its most shameless -- a rousing industrial rock song plays in the background every time [director] Schlöndorff wants to invoke the Spirit of Labor -- but [actress] Thalbach's Agnieszka is irresistible.
A cinematic tribute to a genuine working-class hero whose courage and zeal for justice fueled the Solidarity Movement in Poland.
An unabashedly sentimental, old-fashioned drama of the woman who inspired Poland's Solidarity that by comparison makes the celebration of American working-class heroines--in Norma Rae, Silkwood, North Country--subtle and complex.
Kudos to Schlöndorff for celebrating the woman who sacrificed that glory for the greater good--and who continues to fight.
The only genuine moment in Strike, is when a skeptical worker asks the protesters, is your solution to let the West march in? The filmmaker, regrettably, never has the courage to respond.
Debatable as history, 'Strike' sets its camera eye on the underplayed "secular saints" who contribute to that history.
It's a deeply affecting drama that pays tribute to a woman who's little known outside of Poland.
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