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No End

(Bez konca, Poland, 1985)

I saw and enjoyed Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors Trilogy. But not this one. It takes place in the ‘80s, when Poland was under martial law because of the Solidarity Union demonstrations. One woman’s lawyer husband dies suddenly … only he is still around for us to see, observing the action. His wife takes up the cause of a jailed man who her husband was trying to get out of prison, and to prevent the silly bastard from killing himself in a hunger strike. It moves on in a desultory fashion until the end, when she kills herself. I really didn’t enjoy or even admire this movie at all. Stories that tell me there is simply no hope will probably never be high on my list of things I like.