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Hope

  • 2007
  • Stanislaw Mucha
  • 100 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This mischievous parable on redemption from scriptwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz completes the Dantesque trilogy that includes Tom Tykwer's Heaven (2002) and Danis Tanovic's L'Enfer (2005). Anxious to atone for his part in his mother's accidental death years before, angelic-looking Rafal Fudalej seeks to save the soul of crooked art-gallery owner Wojciech Pszoniak by offering him the chance to return a valuable religious painting that he stole from a neighbourhood church. However, investigating cop Zbigniew Zamachowski suspects Fudalej's motives, especially after he visits his jailbird brother Grzegorz Artman. With documentarist Stanislaw Mucha packing his fiction-film debut with celestial imagery and references to repentance and renewal, this is very much a treatise on the relevance of Christianity in a Poland in thrall to the new religion of capitalism. But, more fittingly, it's also a poignant humanist study that owes much to the work of Piesiewicz's late collaborator Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Three Colours trilogy).

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Credits

Cast

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Franciszek RatayRafal Fudalej
Benedykt WeberWojciech Pszoniak
KlaraKamila Baar
Inspector SopelZbigniew Zamachowski
OjciecZbigniew Zapasiewicz
MichalGrzegorz Artman
MatkaDominika Ostalowska

Crew

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DirectorStanislaw Mucha

Details

Theatrical distributor
Dogwoof Pictures
Released on
2008-04-18
Languages
Polish
Formats
Colour
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