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  Just Beyond This Forest - Jeszcze tylko ten las DVD [DV501]

Just Beyond This Forest - Jeszcze tylko ten las DVD [DV501]

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Set in 1942, film opens with an Aryan washerwoman arrival to the Warsaw`s ghetto. The Jewish wife she worked for before the war hires her to take her young daughter to the countryside until the war is over. Realizing she has the upperhand, the maid is rude and overbearing with her former employer, allowing the desperate woman to shower her with gifts and money before she`ll take the child away. Later, they leave by train, but it`s stopped, and they have to proceed on foot. By this time, the innocent youngster begun to charm her companion, so by the time they are stopped by German patrol, the woman is prepared to risk her life for the child.

Jest rok 1942. Starsza kobieta, Kulgawcowa podejmuje sie wyprowadzic z getta dziesiecioletnia Zydowke, corke swojej bylej pracodawczyni. Za zaoferowane jej pieniadze ma ukryc dziewczynke u swojej rodziny na wsi. Kulgawcowa szczesliwie dociera z dzieckiem na dworzec. W pociagu jednak jest obserwowana przez naciagacza, ktory domaga sie od niej gotowki. Dzieki pomocy mlodego czlowieka udaje jej sie wyjsc calo z opresji. Dalej czeka ich juz tylko piesza wedrowka. Niestety, kiedy obie sa juz blisko celu, natrafiaja na niemiecki patrol... Film otrzymal Nagrode Specjalna Jury na Festiwalu Polskich Filmow Fabularnych w Gdansku w 1991 roku, natomiast Ryszarda Hanin uhonorowana zostala Zlotymi Lwami. .

Cast: Ryszarda Hanin, Joanna Friedman, Marzena Trybala.
Directed by Jan Lomnicki.
1991, Color, 86 mins.
In Polish with optional English Subtitles

 

 

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Philadelphia Weekly - 05/01/2008 5 of 5 Stars!
A well-dressed old lady strolls through the Warsaw ghetto with a haughty look, as if sneering at its dirt and chaos. She seems out of place, wealthy and cultured, even arrogant. She gets to her destination, a dark apartment, and we slowly learn why she's there-a desperate Jewish family is giving her their young daughter to sit out the war in the countryside. The old woman's getting paid but is still reluctant: "You people are caring but I'm not," she bluntly tells them. Soon we discover the old woman is actually the family's old housekeeper, saddled with a mean, thieving daughter and tortured by memories of her happy youth when she loved dancing and could've landed a rich husband. And so the movie becomes as much about class differences-and the randomness of fate-as about the Holocaust. Like Roman Polanski's classic Holocaust drama The Pianist, this Polish film concentrates on what life was like for ordinary people in the middle of the war. From moment to moment, no one knows what's going to happen or how they'll react. Even if someone wants to do the right thing, it's not always clear what that is-or how to do it. Brutally unsentimental, the story makes clear that doing the right thing and behaving morally aren't easy choices, even in a traumatic setting. Some people casually do bad things, some people casually do good things, some people waver-but the Holocaust doesn't automatically make them noble or self-sacrificing. The film creates a strikingly persuasive vision of life during wartime by sticking close to the realities of believable people acting in plausibly conflicted and uncertain ways. It's worth seeing just for the amazing performance of Polish star Ryszarda Hanin as the old woman. Looking like a cross between patrician Jessica Tandy and wary Agnes Moorehead, the veteran actress, in her last movie before her death, cycles through a lifetime of moods and memories. Harsh and bitter in one context, she's girlishly flirtatious on a train ride and then blissfully wistful in the forest, dancing alone in a childhood reverie. The story's ending remains ambiguous-a little frustrating, yet fitting for a movie focused on life's unpredictability. "Mother of God! What a person can come to!" moans the old woman at one point. In this powerfully concentrated vision, the Holocaust, the divide between rich and poor, and arbitrary acts of fate all add up to the same message: Life is unfair. A
Richard J.Brzostek - 05/01/2007 4 of 5 Stars!
An old woman and a young Jewish girl's flight from Warsaw to the countryside, July 3, 2006 "Jeszcze Tylko Ten Las" (Just Beyond this Forest) is the story of an old woman and a young Jewish girl's flight from Warsaw to the countryside in 1942. The old woman worked for the wife of a Jewish doctor, and now, the old woman has an upper hand over them. The Jewish wife pays the old woman to take her daughter out of the ghetto to the countryside. We get to see the ironic twist of events how the servant is now more powerful than the master, and the servant now acts in an ugly way. I felt sympathetic to the Jewish girl, as she really didn't have an easy time. The girl was being helped for money, not because someone really wanted to help her. There are many instances where she wasn't made to feel welcome, such as when she was brought to the old woman's home the first night, the old woman's daughter was mean and nasty. The old woman herself wasn't always nice also, often being cranky and vulgar. Together, as they journey to the country, the old woman does develop some interest in protecting the girl that is beyond self-interest. "Jeszcze Tylko Ten Las" is a movie where we get to see some irony at work. The old woman agreed to help her former Jewish employers because of the money, and soon after, we see her own daughter wanted some money, but got none. From there, a man tries to con her into paying him or he will turn them into the Gestapo, but another man ends up stopping him with no interest in receiving money. The examples like this run though the entire film.
Richard Brzostek - 08/11/2006 3 of 5 Stars!
"Jeszcze Tylko Ten Las" (Just Beyond this Forest) is the story of an old woman and a young Jewish girl's flight from Warsaw to the countryside in 1942. The old woman worked for the wife of a Jewish doctor, and now, the old woman has an upper hand over them. The Jewish wife pays the old woman to take her daughter out of the ghetto to the countryside. We get to see the ironic twist of events how the servant is now more powerful than the master, and the servant now acts in an ugly way. I felt sympathetic to the Jewish girl, as she really didn't have an easy time. The girl was being helped for money, not because someone really wanted to help her. There are many instances where she wasn't made to feel welcome, such as when she was brought to the old woman's home the first night, the old woman's daughter was mean and nasty. The old woman herself wasn't always nice also, often being cranky and vulgar. Together, as they journey to the country, the old woman does develop some interest in protecting the girl that is beyond self-interest. "Jeszcze Tylko Ten Las" is a movie where we get to see some irony at work. The old woman agreed to help her former Jewish employers because of the money, and soon after, we see her own daughter wanted some money, but got none. From there, a man tries to con her into paying him or he will turn them into the Gestapo, but another man ends up stopping him with no interest in receiving money. The examples like this run though the entire film.
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