Tatarak (2009)

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In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer.



  • Krystyna Janda and Pawel Szajda in Tatarak (2009)
  • Krystyna Janda and Pawel Szajda in Tatarak (2009)
  • Krystyna Janda in Tatarak (2009)
  • Krystyna Janda and Andrzej Wajda in Tatarak (2009)
  • Pawel Szajda in Tatarak (2009)
  • Andrzej Wajda and Pawel Szajda in Tatarak (2009)

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3 May 2012 | radek-piskorski
| Heart-wrenching film from an overrated director
As a great fan of Polish cinema, I have given Wajda many chances to prove himself as a worthy director, and he has failed admirably in my opinion. "Popiol i diament" (Ashes and Diamonds) was a complete let-down, "Katyn" was offensive in its badness and even Janda's dedicated acting couldn't save the staleness of "Pan Tadeusz". I still have to watch "Czlowiek z zelaza" (Man of Iron) and "Czlowiek z marmuru" (Man of Marble), though, and reliable sources have told me they're good.

But Tatarak was certainly different. Well-paced, with a sad and introspective tone, this understated film will punch you with pathos and tragedy during the credits, even if you thought you were bored during it - you weren't, that was just your mind not knowing how to deal with the horrible truth about death.

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