Is Kieslowski's 'White' the sequel?
A friend of mine pointed out that Krzysztof Kieslowski's "White" may have been intended (in part) as a sequel to "Ashes and Diamonds." Of course, "White" has its own plot and its own moral, but there may be a subtext about the fate of Poland.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW
"Ashes and Diamonds" is about the civil war between communists and non-communists that wracks Poland as World War II ends. Ultimately, the communists win, and a free Poland enters a long sleep. Poland is reborn as a democratic state in 1989/1990.
Near the end of "Ashes and Diamonds," the main character (the anti-communist fighter Maciek) collapses and possibly dies atop a garbage heap. Near the beginning of "White," the main character (Julie Delpy's long-suffering Polish husband Karol) awakens atop a garbage heap. Maciek/the old, non-communist, free Poland collapses and becomes inert; Karol/the new, post-communist, free Poland arises after a long slumber. (The garbage heap may even symbolize the communist regime, but that may be taking the comparison too far.)