A Lonely Woman

(Agnieszka Holland, 1981). Agnieszka Holland's strongest film, produced for Polish TV, is a stunning evocation of ignorance, superstition, poverty, and disorder that attacks virtually every institution in (then Communist) Poland. A meek, middle-aged mail carrier who lives with her son in a miserable shack by the railroad tracks orchestrates an escape of transcendent futility. This sardonic, ballad-like tale is steeped in a humor so corrosive that, had Holland bottled it, it could have dissolved the state apparatus over night.
Sun., Dec. 28, 2 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., 2008

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