The Hamlet Syndrome – Kinoteka 2023 Movie Review
Director: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosoloski
Plot: A film that depicts the young Ukrainian generation scarred by war and political breakthroughs. The film’s starting point is the preparation for a play based on the motifs of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which, combined with an intense glimpse into the lives of the characters, creates a powerful portrait of a generation having to confront their war trauma and tackle the painful past, which now after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine becomes their present and future alike.
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict on The Hamlet Syndrome
The Hamlet Syndrome is a documentary following a generation of Ukrainians. They have lived through a political war in their country and have turned to Hamlet to escape the destruction. However, now a new war has hit the country and they must face the similarities between what they have been through to fight back.
This follows the generations that have been through horrific events and are using Hamlet to help them express the pain they have been through. Each different member of the theatre group has a different story, with each having its own unique distressing moment. This gets to show how coming together and telling the stories that hurt them can help heal the wounds left behind.
The movie is eye-opening and shows how even this world for these real people has changed again. This is important to see how people can recover and most importantly how much damage war has done to people.
Where to Watch: The Hamlet Syndrome is showing at Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2023 on the 14th of March 2023. You can buy tickets Here.
Final Thoughts – The Hamlet Syndrome is an important documentary.