This 2012 Polish-language drama tells a tense and moody story centering on brothers Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop), who slowly uncover an ugly secret dating to World War II. The film deftly shows them struggling to revise their long-held beliefs regarding their family, neighbors, and the history of their culture.
Good acting, writing, and direction are all prominent in this quiet but powerful film. The story deals artfully with the subject of Poland’s role in the Holocaust by keeping the tension focused on the brothers, and not resorting to one-note polemics. This makes the film more effective in the end.