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/10
878 Ratings

Fugue

Fuga

Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Poland, Czech Republic, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

After a two-year disappearance, free-spirited Alicja is reunited with her family despite having no memory of them. Suddenly thrust back into a domestic life she has no recollection of choosing, Alicja struggles to reconcile her new, unfamiliar roles with the independence sprung by her mental break.

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Fugue Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
[It] offers a cinematic language that functions as both a hammer and a chisel to crack the notion of the self as a solid substance, to reverberate its rough edges in a new shape: a transformation of female identity against social and contextual expectations.
April 12, 2019
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Amnesiac dramas are common, but Smoczynska manages to escape the cliches by making a complex and hostile film that remorselessly interrogates our assumptions about motherhood.
May 22, 2018
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Anchored by finely grained performances, the work examines with unblinking honesty just how friable the bonds can be not only between spouses, but even between mother and child. It may be a little too honest and chilly for some viewers, but for those who swoon over stark visuals, bleak landscapes and Slavic miserabilism among unhappy families, watching this will feel like every Christmas came at once.
May 17, 2018
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