The Last Family (Ostatnia rodzina) (2016)



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Beksinski is a gentle man with arachnophobia, despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Beksinski is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz and the couple's aging mothers. His daily painting to classical music eventually pays off and he makes a name for himself in contemporary art. Good Catholic woman Zofia tries to hold the family together, but troubled son Tomasz proves to be a handful with his violent outbursts and suicidal threats. Their relief is brief when he starts dating women and becomes a radio presenter and movie translator, and the concerned parents must be on constant watch to prevent their son from hurting himself. But Beksinski never believed that family life would always be sunshine and rainbows. As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksinski saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals...


Critic Reviews for The Last Family (Ostatnia rodzina)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

. The movie sticks in the mind not as a full-on, time-honored biopic but as a queasily warts-and-all peeling back of a family dynamic that happened to involve a figure of cultish renown.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski is not well known here, but an appreciation of this often funny but also harrowing and heartbreaking film does not require expertise on its subject.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

In general, The Last Family presents a delicacy, a subtlety and an unusual sensitivity. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Packed with dauntless shots and enlightened by the top-notch performances of Seweryn and Ogrodnik, The Last Family also scintillates with major production values.

Sep 20, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Robert Bolesto's screenplay tends to literalize its theme of unfulfilled desire by having characters explicitly lament their lost pasts.

Mar 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Thanks to inventive camerawork, mesmeric performances and incisive yet elliptical editing and storytelling, the claustrophobia becomes a feature instead of a liability.

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

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