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The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod klepsydra) (1973)

The Hourglass Sanatorium
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7.7 IMDB rating
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Jan Nowicki Jan Nowicki
Tadeusz Kondrat Tadeusz Kondrat
Jakub - Józef's father
Irena Orska Irena Orska
Józef's mother
Gustaw Holoubek Gustaw Holoubek
Dr. Gotard
Mieczyslaw Voit Mieczyslaw Voit
Blind Conductor
Bozena Adamek Bozena Adamek
Ludwik Benoit Ludwik Benoit

Written by
Wojciech Has Wojciech Has
(as Wojciech J. Has)
Bruno Schulz Bruno Schulz
story Santorium pod Klepsydra


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3 years, 2 months ago at Apr 22 2:34
So bizarre, so fantastic, so rooted on the uneasy to understand nostalgia and feelings of the main charácter about his past in a jewish town in prewar Poland; that I can rate more tan 3 stars. But here is a 'sculptor in time' as Tarkovski would say.
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Description: Joseph (Jan Nowicki) travels through a dream-like world, taking a dilapidated train to visit his dying father, Jacob, in a sanatorium. When he arrives at the hospital, he finds the entire facility is going to ruin and no one seems to be in charge or even caring for the patients. Time appears to behave in unpredictable ways, reanimating the past in an elaborate artificial caprice. Though Joseph is always shown as an adult, his behavior and the people around often depict him as a child. He befriends Rudolf, a young boy who owns a postage stamp album. The names of the stamps trigger a wealth of association and adventure in Josep ... (more)
Release date: 12 December 1973
Tags: (2), Poland (2), 1970s (1), 120 Min. (1), Fantasy (1), Drama (1), Surreal (1)
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