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Rage

Rage

Rage, a new thriller playing at this year's Polish Film Festival in America, feels like a throwback to the cinema of moral anxiety, a movement of the late 1970s and early '80s that used interpersonal stories to examine social codes and political forces inside Communist Poland. The film centers on an amoral journalist for an ultraconservative cable news network who suffers an attack of conscience over various personal and professional concerns, and Michał Węgrzyn, directing a script he wrote with Marcin Roykiewicz, shows how the journalist's treatment of people at home and at work mirrors his engagement with the public. He and his coworkers are cynical, greedy, and contemptuous of their viewers; the protagonist is also a philanderer and a liar, and he's mean to his mother. His behavior represents an internalization of his employer's worldview. Continue reading>>

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