According to the American press, the most controversial film in Polish history, “Pokłosie” is staggering. Władysław Pasikowski film reaped extremely flattering reviews in the US. Journalists focused mainly on the controversy that the film triggered in Poland. “Pokłosie” is a story about a small Polish village whose dwellers murder a group of Jews during WWII. The title of the film in the US is “Aftermath”. New York Times says that the film is an insightful observation of society and “the film has managed to transfer the past to the present”. According to Pasikowski, it is a warning of how easily it is to cross the boundary of human and inhuman resulting in sentencing someone to death in a burning barn. The newspaper also reminds us that the film triggered controversy just like Jan Gross‘s book “Sąsiedzi” [Neighbours] about the Jewish purge in 1941. NYT says that Poles who have become accustomed to thinking of themselves as the victims of WWII, find it hard to imagine their fellow countrymen as perpetrators of warcrimes. Polish nationalists were outraged with the film but other people considered it proof that the Polish nation is ready to accept its past. The Huffington Post says that “Pokłosie” is like a Polish version of the Oscar-nominated “12 Years Slave”. Huffington Post believes “Pokłosie” is a film that will remind the younger generation about the Holocaust. Other reviewers also pay attention to the subject of the missing Polish Jews. According to Tablet magazine “Pokłosie” is brutal and uneasy to watch and recalls disturbing questions about the relations between Poles and the Jews during WWII. Tablet also adds that those questions are so ‘inconvenient’ that Polish actor Maciej Sztur, who played one of the lead characters, was threatened with murder. Filmmaking Review gave the film 4.5/5 stars and said that “Pokłosie” is an unusually difficult thriller. The film premiered in Poland on November 9, 2012. The film was honoured by the Yad Vashem Museum and the Jan Kraski Orzeł award for saying ‘no’ to anti-Semitism.
- Film Review: ‘Aftermath’ (variety.com)
- Controversial Film ‘Aftermath’ (algemeiner.com)
- More “Wag The Nazis” (hollywoodreporter.com)