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A drama about being in a place where one isn't off the hook yet but has a chance to make it work out,
This review is from: Hope (Nadzieja) [ PAL, Reg.0 Import - Poland] (2007) (DVD)Nadzieja (Hope) is a drama about being in a place where one isn't off the hook yet but has a chance to make it work out. The story opens with two brothers playing in the yard while their mother watches. Tragedy strikes and changes the course of this family's history.
Franciszek and Michal are both deeply scarred because their mother died when they were children. Michal ends up in prison for murdering two people. Franciszek seems normal enough, but has the unusual hobby of spying on this old guy named Benedykt Weber, who is an art dealer. There is a lot of mystery to the story as we are left wondering why he is spying on this guy. His family is well aware of his hobby and they do not discourage it.
Franciszek has been watching, recording, and tracking Benedykt for some time; he also records him and his thugs stealing a 15th century painting of an angel from a church. Franciszek meets Weber to let him know that he has evidence of his participation in the crime. It isn't a matter about blackmailing him, as Franciszek doesn't want money from Weber, just for the painting to return to its rightful place. The suspense turns up as Franciszek isn't going against some small time criminals, which makes his actions all the more gutsy. Both sides play a little cat and mouse with each other showing their strength. But both sides are also stuck in a place that is hard to get free from.
Nadzieja is written by Krzysztof Piesiewicz and Krzysztof Kieslowski as part of the Heaven, Hell and Purgatory trilogy. Nadzieja is the third and final part of the trillogy. I am glad at least one of them turned out to be a Polish movie. Stanislaw Mucha did a great job in making this drama come to life and I think Kieslowski would be proud of the results.