A Woman Alone
During the Nazi occupation of Lvov, Poland, a sewage worker profits by hiding a group of fugitive Jews in the town’s sewers. This claustrophobic, searing drama is “the most volatile film Holland has directed. . . . Honesty is the movie’s greatest strength” (David Denby).
The first episode in a three-part miniseries focusing on the personal sacrifice of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the 1969 Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. “Long on narrative power, emotional conviction, and moral responsibility” (The Nation).
The second entry in Holland’s fact-based miniseries about the self-immolation of a student protester in Czechoslovakia and the aftermath of that tragedy. “Holland [is] in masterful form” (The Nation).
The conclusion of Holland’s miniseries about protest and its consequences in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a subject that “aligns with a key focus in her work: the question of human morality and how it withstands a fraught situation” (Variety).
A divorced postal worker in Solidarity-era Poland begins a love affair with a younger man, but hope for a new beginning is soon shattered. Holland’s last work before leaving Poland, the film was suppressed for years because of its biting social critique.
The life, times, cares, and disasters of a provincial theater group are brought to life in Holland’s metaphorical comedy, tinged with the lighthearted yet profoundly moving aura of the Czech New Wave.