I haven't seen the whole film but was shown the village pogrom scene while on a course a few years back. The level of brutality depicted was astonishing and left the audience somewhat taken aback. It seemed realisticaly cruel and I have meant to get hold of a copy ever since.
I am sure there are political undertones behind the production of the film in that (IIRC) it was produced behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s. If it is the quality of the film-making that you are critical of then is it worth bearing in mind that the Warsaw Pact were not known for producing world class block-buster films that sold on the open market. This film was probably approved by a committee for its ideological and propaganda value as much as its historical accuracy or artistic value.