Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope) (2013)

Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope) (2013)




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ABOUT THE FILM How was it possible for one person to change the world so dramatically? It is as much a political as a psychological question. Wajda, intruding into a private, even intimate sphere of the trade union's leader, attempts to capture the phenomenon of this incredible metamorphosis: from a simple worker, focused on his day-to-day duties, into a charismatic leader. This controversial persona, himself not without flaws, helped millions set free their dreams of freedom they'd been hiding deep in their hearts, setting the stage for transformations beyond anyone's imagination at the time. And yet, Wałęsa's story does not only have this one psychological or local dimension. It is embedded in the context of international politics. The life of a simple electrician, at first fighting for his fellow workers' rights, only echoes some remote events, until it is Wałęsa himself and millions of his fellow countrywomen and men that become world news for several years to come. This historical perspective, combined with a dynamic story of daily life in the Polish People's Republic, should help comprehend the phenomenon of those transformations. The film is mainly addressed to young people, at the same time constituting a reminder of an outstanding filmmaker. Sometimes you must fight for freedom, sometimes you must defend it, there are, however, no circumstances which could excuse you from contemplating our freedom. (c) Official Site
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Robert Wi?ckiewicz
as Lech Wa??sa
Agnieszka Grochowska
as Danuta Wa??sa
Wiktor Malinowski
as Jaros?aw Wa??sa
Marcel Glogowski
as Bogdan Wa??sa
Kamil Jaworski
as Przemys?aw Wa??sa
Cezary Kosinski
as Majchrzak

Critic Reviews for Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

The secret police after the December 1970 strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard. Yet the steely dissident, played by Robert Wieckiewicz, never really comes into focus as a private person.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Uma aulinha de História burocrática, mesmo que seu protagonista se mostre tão importante.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Cinema em Cena

The portrait Wajda and screenwriter Januscz Glowacki create is so reverent, it drains the life out of Walesa's story.

Full Review… | February 12, 2014

Undeniably hard-going for non-history buffs, but well worth the sweat.

Full Review… | October 28, 2013
Total Film

The kind of superior biopic which actually makes you feel like you are there.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Birmingham Mail

The turbulent life and times of Lech Walesa forms the basis for this superior biopic from Polish legend Andrzej Wajda.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope)

A standard biopic with some good actors. The ultimate letdown; after peppering the movie with some great Polish punk music the end credits come up accompanied by a pedestrian pop tune.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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