Film director Agnieszka Holland is the daughter of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, but she was raised in communist Poland in an atmosphere of state-imposed atheism. If those bona fides don't qualify her to make a two-hour movie about the timeless tug of war between faith and reason, what would? Surely she understands better than most that humankind's ancient urge to believe -- whether in miracles, five-year plans for increased wheat production or national liberation movements -- is uncommonly stubborn but always under siege. The Nazis and the Stalinists both savaged this filmmaker's homeland, after all. What would she develop from that if not nagging questions about the joys and... More >>>
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