Roman Polanski teams up once again with his mentor Andrzej Wajda in ZEMSTA (REVENGE). Two 17th century aristocratic families, due to decline in their ancestral legacies, inhabit separate parts of a crumbling castle and thrive on making each other miserable. The feuding noblemen try to outwit one another for romance and control over their extravagant realm while their family members pursue their selfish interests of greed and lust. Thwarted lovers, mistaken identity, closed-door couplings and long simmering feuds abound in this delightful farce!
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I love this movie, and even own my copy, something I can say about very few of the movies I have found on here. Even if you haven’t heard about Zemsta it is a classic and very Polish. If you took Romeo and Juliet, and mushed it up with A Midsummer’s Night Dream, threw in some typical Polish archetypes; like Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Zagłoba (Polanski’s character), the feuding poor (but once great) noble families fighting a pigheaded, but futile war over an outwardly absurd piece of property, a beautiful widow, and shake up the bag … you will probably have a good idea of what will happen. If you want to get overly analytical you can draw many parallels with Poland itself and this movie/play, but that should be left for a longer forum.