No End 1985
Bez konca (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 47min | Drama, Romance | 17 June 1985 (Poland)
It’s 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and Antek continues to appear to her. She seeks to free herself in her work, in her relationship with her son, in sex, and in hypnosis. In a subplot, Ulla refers the wife of one of her husband’s clients – Darek, a jailed Solidarity strike organizer – to Labrador, a world-weary, aging attorney, who works to free Darek by various political manipulations and psychological ploys.
The story depicts a lady’s dealing with grief of her husband’s sudden demise. How a lady makes many efforts to come to terms with the reality. A story told with honesty and sincerity and without any judgement.
The brilliance of both the direction and the acting is seen in its simplicity. Many intense montages are shown with no suggestions (no exaggerated expressions and lilts in the background musical score). The director leaves that to be felt by the audience directly. That respect given to the audience is uncommon in today’s mainstream Hindi cinema.
The portrayal of grief and despair is intense and direct. The storyteller offers no balm that doesn’t exist. How a store starts and ends is of course a raconteur’s choice, yet their effort to do so non-judgementally is authentic-and original.
The movie plot develops in the backdrop of Solidarity movement in Poland. The political background is delicately woven which enriches-and doesn’t disturb-story’s progress.
Watch the movie in a positive frame of mind to appreciate the finnesse of the story.
So many great stuff to absorb and reflect beyond Hindi and English literature and cinema.
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini
Language: Polish | English
Release Date: 17 June 1985 (Poland)
Also Known As: No End
Filming Locations: Poland