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The Scar

A dud ending spoils this early feature (1976) by Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, but until then it maintains a fairly high level of moral intrigue. A middle-aged party official (Franciszek Pieczka) returns to his hometown to oversee the construction of a chemical plant, but the townspeople are up in arms over it, and he tries without success to present their case to his higher-ups. The film is rooted in Kieslowski's career as a documentarian: it has no music track, there's the occasional rough zoom, and one of the characters is a reporter making a TV film about the plant and its conflicted champion. In Polish with subtitles; running time is about 105 minutes.

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