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Berlinale 2017: Pokot by Agnieszka Holland

By Martha Sigargök-Martin | Features & Reviews

Feb 13
Pokot by Agnieszka Holland, Review Martha's Film Corner

A Woman On A Mission

A fog tumbles into the valley to uncover a breathtaking nature of the Polish-Czech border.

A majestic aerial view of hunters meeting on the top of the hill feels like an evil omen.

This is where Duszejko (Agnieszka Mandat), a retired bridge engineer, lives. She loves her two dogs, nature and the children she teaches English, who love her back.

Duszejko is convinced that astrology governs everything and that people are silly to not believe in it.

She respects life and death. She hates and fights the alpha dogs of the village who kill animals, despise women and everybody or everything, that is, in their opinions, weaker than them. Her dogs get lost. Duszejko gets nervous and the spectator as well.

What Will Remain From This Film

There is something magical about this film that can show fear, beauty, suspense, conflict, hate, love, compassion and disgust at the same time.

Pokot mixes moods and shots within a few minutes and the result is magnificent.

The complexity of the protagonists is serving the entanglement of the environment. Material and immaterial. Nature and human. Present and past.

Duszejko is not only a nature defender but mother nature herself in this four seasons’narrative.

Thanks to Agnieszka Mandat’s tremendous performance, she remains omnipresent.

Agnieszka Holland is a visual genius, an architect of art and a hilarious poet and Pokot a must watch.

Braunschweig International Film Festival 2017 – Review


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Hello there! I'm Martha, a tenacious optimist, professional mistake maker and a pain in the ass for those who love status quo. I love inspiring films and series not only because they're pretty but also because they have the power to change perspective and sometimes to heal.