**/**** Image A+ Sound A
starring Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett
written and directed by Bruce Beresford
by Walter Chaw In 1976, Polish composer Henryk Gorecki composed his stunning orchestral and choral piece Symphony No.3 Op.36 "Symfonia pie¶ni ¿a³osnych" ("Symphony for Sorrowful Souls"), a collection of smaller movements comprising, much like Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, varied texts both sacred and found. Among those sources used by Gorecki are a 15th-century lamentation of the Holy Cross Monastery; a folk song from the Opole region; and, most specifically, a young prisoner's inscription on the wall of her cell in Zakopane's Gestapo prison.