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The Last Family(Ostatnia rodzina)

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Poland · 2016
2h 4m
Director Jan P. Matuszyński
Starring Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra
Genre Drama

Beksiński is a gentle man, despite his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Though he finds success in the contemporary art world, his family life is more complicated as his son grows up to be neurotic and suicidal. Over 28 years, he captures the struggles of his loving wife and troubled son with his camcorder.

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Screen International by Dan Fainaru

Authenticity rules the day here, the contrast between the banality of daily existence and extreme conduct is the main point of the picture, all of it defined by an insistence on staying close to the actual events and refraining from any attempt at psychological observations or analytical motivations.


Village Voice by Danny King

The movie sticks in the mind not as a full-on, time-honored biopic but as a queasily warts-and-all peeling back of a family dynamic that happened to involve a figure of cultish renown.


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

The tragedies in this family’s life are nearly constant, but Mr. Matuszynski approaches them with a tone that’s matter-of-fact while also partaking in the particular wry irony that has been a hallmark of Polish cinema since the early 1960s.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

The film is a remarkable, frequently unsettling exercise in staged voyeurism, recreating the interdependent lives of the three members of the troubled Beksi?ski family.


The Guardian by Leslie Felperin

Thanks to inventive camerawork, mesmeric performances and incisive yet elliptical editing and storytelling, the claustrophobia becomes a feature instead of a liability.


The Hollywood Reporter by Neil Young

Like Seweryn, Konieczna is a performer with considerable experience on the Polish stage and she fulfils the same function in the film as Zofia does in the family — holding everything together with an admirably unfussy stoicism.

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