Shocker....yes...not in the crazy paving torture-porn madness of the Noughties but as in a subtle shock to the system, a very sharp, knife in the ribs to wake you up on another easy western morning.
Polish director Andrzej Munk died while filming this moody,impressive and enthralling tale of the holocaust. The film eventually released is a mix of filmed scenes, still-shots and what if's?.
I wont spoil the plot but the film shows two different sides of the same story involving a SS female camp guard and a polish inmate. The camera seems to observe not question the dark days of Central Europe , where the camp system spelt death and dehumanization for millions of Slavs,Jews,Homosexuals and Gypsies.
There is very little torture-porn or sadistic lingering camera shots to please the modern voyuer,thank god, this is a thinking film, a film of space between dialogue and of thoughts between action.
Second Run have an amazing catalogue of films from Eastern Europe between 1950-1990, i recommend checking their website out and exploring their titles.