by Jim Ridley
This evening the Nashville Jewish Film Festival tries an experiment, offering simultaneous screenings of the same film at The Belcourt and the Franklin Theatre on Franklin's Main Street. It's the Polish drama Little Rose, an erotic melodrama about a secretary (Magdalena Boczarska) who's drafted by her Communist secret-policeman lover in late-Sixties Poland to snuggle up to a professor under suspicion.
In The Huffington Post, Dan Lybarger provides some context:
While it might cover some of the same ground as Florian Henckel von Donnersmark's The Lives of Others, the new Polish espionage thriller Little Rose (Rózyczka) is worthy in its own right, even if it details some of the most contemptible behavior imaginable. The film seems even more harrowing because it's inspired by incidents that would be dismissed as tawdry fiction if they didn't really happen.
Set in the volatile period from 1967 to 68, Little Rose vividly recreates how Poland's Soviet-dominated ruling Communist Party blindly went after anyone who might have seemed a threat to them. ...
Because they are unable to tell who is Jewish and who isn't, the government's irrational prejudices are almost as comic and they are contemptible. The idea that the resistance might be made up of fellow Poles who are more patriotic than they are because they won't tolerate Soviet oppression never occurs to them.
The movie screens 7 p.m. tonight at both theaters. In subtitled Polish, it contains sexually explicit material. Tickets are $10.