Having been confined under interrogation a fair few times too many- this brought it all flooding back, plus more. As this is an extended stay within the confines of the cells, far worse than anything I experienced. Perhaps Northern Ireland would be a similar comparison during the 1970's when the gloves were allowed off?
A rivetting film, absolutely brutal in pushing the viewer through the ringer, piece by piece on a slow handle turn, you will laugh, wince, turn away and sit rivetted until you come out at the end...flattened.
A film about Stalinistic Poland- yes of course!- but if you think it stopped back then- let me put you out of your amnesia- it still occurs...think WOT.
The performances are driven and rivetting, the claustrophobia suffocating, the tenderness and instant betrayal; breath taking. Without being obsessive in its depiction, the incessant desire to break down the personality and sign a confession are meticulous. Interrogation as a form of sadism, but with a flourish and more emotional twists than a jitterbug ball.
The film explores the feelings of being at mercy, adaptation and the view from the interrogators perspective- there lies its depth. Based on accounts at the time, smuggled out of Poland as a critique, this is great film making as it should be.
Watch it and see.