A Polish musician struggles to survive in a Warsaw ghetto in World War II. Stars Adrien Brody.
Before watching this film I knew it by reputation. It is factually based on the pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman and his autobiography ‘The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945′ but directed by Roman Polanski who drew inspiration from his childhood in a ghetto.
This film is stark, yet beautiful. It is heartbreaking, yet ultimately infused with hope at the same time. Brody is amazing at portraying a character who is more of a shadow near the end of the film as he stumbles through the abandoned ghetto or hides in an attic without hope. He puts so much into his expression; into his wide dark eyes which you could lose yourself in.
Yes, this film is bleak but its to be expected when it deals with such subject matter as World War II and ghettos. Well worth watching…
MY RATING: **** / *****