It’s 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and Antek continues to appear to her. She seeks to free herself in her work, in her relationship with her son, in sex, and in hypnosis. In a subplot, Ulla refers the wife of one of her husband’s clients – Darek, a jailed Solidarity strike organizer – to Labrador, a world-weary, aging attorney, who works to free Darek by various political manipulations and psychological ploys.
No End (Polish: Bez końca) is a 1985 film directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and starring Grażyna Szapołowska, Maria Pakulnis, and Aleksander Bardini. The film is about the state of martial law in Poland after the banning of the trade union Solidarity in 1981. Kieślowski worked with several regular collaborators for the first time on No End.
The film was Kieślowski’s first writing collaboration with the screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, who co-wrote the screenplays for all of Kieślowski’s subsequent films, and the earliest of his films with music by Zbigniew Preisner, who provided the musical score for most of Kieślowski’s subsequent films. As in his later scores, Preisner’s music is explicitly referenced by the characters in the film itself, in this case with the main character’s son playing the theme on a piano at home.
No End – Bez Końca (1985)
Directed by: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Artur Barcis, Michal Bajor, Marzena Trybala, Hanna Dunowska
Screenplay by: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Production Design by: Allan Starski
Cinematography by: Jacek Petrycki
Film Editing by: Krystyna Rutkowska
Costume Design by: Wieslawa Starska
Set Decoration by: Magdalena Dipont, Teresa Gruber
Music by: Zbigniew Preisner
Distributed by: New Yorker Films
Release Date: June 17, 1985