No End (Bez konca)
Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1984, 107 mins. DCP. With Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini, Jerzy Radziwilowicz. It is 1982, and the ghost of a young lawyer observes the world during martial law. A young worker imprisoned for leading a strike is now being defended by an older colleague, a less idealistic lawyer more open to compromise; meanwhile the dead man’s widow only realizes after her husband’s death how much she loved him. Kieslowski’s first collaboration with co-screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz and composer Zbigniew Preisner is narratively inventive and exquisitely mournful, made in the wake of the suppression of Solidarity and the protest movement. Preceded by Refrain (1972, 9 mins.). In this powerful short documentary, grief is turned into a pile of paperwork as a paranoid bureaucracy buries a man even after death.
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