|The sewers of Lvov.|
|Hiding amongst the excrement and rats.|
Dedicated to Marek Edelman who was the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising (he died in October 2009) this claustrophobically convincing film, where no one is portrayed as perfect, is an extraordinary story of survival as men, women and children try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever increasing and intense danger surrounded by human excrement and rats. Closely based on fact, it's unsettling, moving and hard to watch, it has a Tarkovsky level of bleakness. Try as you will you won't be able to distance yourselves from this story, it's impossible, it grips you by the emotional throat and never lets up until long after the final credits role. There were no smiling faces leaving the cinema that night, more a look of shook.
|The danger at street level.|