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      The Last Family

      2016 2h 3m Biography Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 89% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Painter Zdzislaw Beksinski develops an odd relationship with his son Tomasz. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Danny King Village Voice . The movie sticks in the mind not as a full-on, time-honored biopic but as a queasily warts-and-all peeling back of a family dynamic that happened to involve a figure of cultish renown. Jan 26, 2018 Full Review Glenn Kenny New York Times The Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski is not well known here, but an appreciation of this often funny but also harrowing and heartbreaking film does not require expertise on its subject. Jan 25, 2018 Full Review Clayton Dillard Slant Magazine Robert Bolesto's screenplay tends to literalize its theme of unfulfilled desire by having characters explicitly lament their lost pasts. Mar 8, 2017 Full Review Michael J. Casey Michael J. Cinema Impeccably shot, but drags in the telling. Rated: 2.5/5 Jun 16, 2021 Full Review Jon Hogan Hyperallergic The Last Family -- a domestic horror story portraying the violent dissolution of a family -- forces viewers to ask how much they might share the painter's obsessions, presenting a chilling cautionary tale. Feb 5, 2020 Full Review Jaime Fa de Lucas Culturamas In general, The Last Family presents a delicacy, a subtlety and an unusual sensitivity. [Full review in Spanish] Apr 3, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member It drags at points, but it successfully breaks out of the biopic tropes. Very bleak story that leaves you feeling down for a while, which I guess makes it a successful movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good drama about a dysfunctional family. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a mad mad mad mad family. This is really something. I could not believe I saw it. It was challenging, but I did it. When a biopic was made, surely there will be a solid reason behind it. That could be a positive message or highlighting the negatives or the important historic events. But it's always about how much you know about that person the film portrayed. If he is someone famous, but not in your nation, yeah, you would be desperate to learn about him through the given film. That's the case for me in here, but that's not what exactly happened. This was a life drama of one of the renowned Polish painters of the last century. Mainly focused on him, his family and overall their lifestyle. It was not stylish, but craziest. Yep, I could not understand the entire film and thought why someone has to make a film like this. Then it was not until the final scene, I thought worth a watch. Moreover, I was shocked how it ended, after two hours of nothing, but a family madness. Yeah, the end was like another genre. You could consider it a black comedy, which is not actually, but somehow for the reasons it feels like that way, until the final scene. It was the last three decades of life story of Zdzislaw Besinski. Started off in the 70s, where his son moved to a new apartment close by. But he's a trouble who attempting to self-killing. Then his ageing mother has to be taken care. So, basically there's always an issue in the family. All this insanity keeps happening for the next couple of decades. As the years pass by, as the technology changing, so do this family, but shrinking from the strength. Until the mid 2000s, where the narration comes to halt with an unexpected twist. ?Wherever I go, I've to act like other people, do what everyone else does. I've got to play a role to get the things I want or to be liked. I've to keep acting. I can't get out of this.? The more I recollect everything I saw, the more I started to like it. You will agree with me that the film was uninteresting in the beginning. Not just the beginning, but almost entirely. Though the value of the film will be realised once you finish watching it and as I said while analysing the scenes in your head makes to change your stance. The opening scene and the end scene are totally opposite. That's the highlight of the film, and the meaning of the title. Anyway, the final scene was sudden and brutal. Not good for little fellows. A feature film debut for the director. He was good though. While watching it, I thought the writing was bad. One thing I have learnt in my life was that no judging a film by its poster, its synopsis or its cast and crew, and also not after watching just a few minutes of its opening. On a few occasions, the budgets as well. So, the key for this film is the patience. Sitting for it quietly over a hundred minutes will make the difference as it did for me. But that does not mean everyone would love it at the end. It somewhat looks like a documentary film, that's because of the film having plenty of found footage kind of narration in parts. The actors were amazing. Like the whole film was shot in a couple of flats with a few shots elsewhere. That means, the story firmly decoding the family and nothing else. The end was sad, I could not take it. But the film was just telling the truth. Not a kind of film to recommend, but surely worth a watch if you are not looking to have a good time, I meant to enjoy watching it. 8/10 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Biographic drama about a painter and his rather dysfunctional family. Especially his son has big issues. He's suicidal and has big issues with women and identity. We follow the family during several decades. Zdzislaw paints, visits his son Tomasz, eats like a pig and drinks coke straight out the bottle in a pretty weird manner. It's got a nice build up but it's still rather flat. All of the family members are new faces for me, but I belive many of them are quite famous in Poland. The story is all right, but not enough to make it superinteresting for me. Well, I learned stuff about a great painter - he's works are brilliant, but the two hours never went by fast. A strong ending increse my total score, along with real, self-captured scenes and solid performances. 6 out of 10 camera tapes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Painter Zdzislaw Beksinski develops an odd relationship with his son Tomasz.
      Director
      Jan P. Matuszynski
      Producer
      Aneta Cebula-Hickinbotham
      Screenwriter
      Robert Bolesto
      Production Co
      Aurum Film
      Genre
      Biography, Drama
      Original Language
      Polish
      Runtime
      2h 3m