Kartka Z Podrozy (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |  
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In a deliberately slow-paced, introverted story with many long periods of total silence, a Jewish industrial advisor, Jacob Rosenberg (Wladyslaw Kowakski) goes through the long process of resigning himself to his eventual deportation to a concentration camp. The setting is World War II in Poland, and Jacob has just been taken out of his job and forced to work cleaning the streets. As he goes the rounds of home and work, his daily encounters seem surreal, and his life is palpably charged with an overriding sense of doom. There is no escape for him, he knows it, and all he can do is prepare for the final ride in the railroad car. Both the intentionally slow pace and restricted dialogue in this film, as well as the subject matter, may leave some viewers feeling frustrated -- perhaps that is the intention of the director, Waldemar Dziki.