Our review of Warsaw 83, an affair of state: alone against all

CRITICISM – In Jaruzelski’s Poland, Jan P. Matuszynski’s film denounces an intolerable police blunder. A strong story inspired by real events.

There are films from which you come out with anger in your stomach. Warsaw 83, a matter of state is one of those. In competition at the last Venice Film Festival, the Polish legal thriller inspired by real events and directed by Jan P. Matuszynski tells how a police blunder turns into an unbearable Orwellian nightmare, before becoming a state affair.

Taken from the investigation book Leave No Traces. The Case of Grzegorz Przemyk, by Cezary Lazarewicz, the plot returns to an injustice that took place more than forty years ago. One morning in April 1983, two students wake up. On the walls of their room, the poster ofApocalypse Now. On the radio, the syncopated rock melodies of the Irish band U2. The sun is rising. The two friends too. They have just passed the baccalaureate writings with some success and are preparing to continue with the orals. In the apartment reigns a joyful libertarian anarchy. The mother of one of the young people is a recognized poetess, intellectual close…

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