A Short Film About Love

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  • NR
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 8.1  (25,772)

A Short Film About Love is a Polish romantic drama directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski in 1988. The film can be considered as an extended version of his earlier film entitled 'Decalogue VI'. The plot of the film follows Tomek, a young man who spies on a young lady named Magda, dwelling in an apartment opposite his building. Tomek, who works as a postman in the same area, falls in love with Magda and starts observing her everyday life via a telescope. Tomek's curiosity eventually evolves into an obsession to the young girl. However, he finally gets the opportunity to meet and talk to Magda after she discovers that she is being watched, and the two start sharing some brief moments of togetherness.

A Short Film About Love depicts Tomek's journey of self-discovery as he experiences the highs and lows of infatuation, love, and the insecurities that come along with it. Despite his obsession with Magda, he struggles to understand and express his emotions to her genuinely. Over time, Tomek's obsession with Magda changes, and instead, the young girl becomes a beacon of purity and honesty for him.

Starring Grazyna Szapolowska as Magda and Olaf Lubaszenko as Tomek, the performances of the lead cast are exceptional. Both show the perfect balance of their respective characters' emotional spectrum, portraying the sensitivity and vulnerability of their roles with ease. Stefania Iwinska, who portrays Magda's neighbor, is captivating as the person who later guides both characters on their journey of personal growth.

The film's direction and cinematography are noteworthy, considering that the thematic elements are mostly emphasized through imagery, rather than dialogues. Each scene is carefully composed, and the camera captures the rawness of the characters' emotions as they struggle to come to terms with their feelings. The use of color is also noteworthy, with the entire film being shot in hues of brown and grey, symbolizing the melancholy of Tomek's character.

The movie is set in post-communist Poland and showcases the problems that arise from the changing dynamics of a society struggling with its rapidly changing identity. Overall, the film is not only a depiction of a young boy's love story but also an exploration of Poland's societal changes in the late 1980s.

A Short Film About Love packs an emotional punch and portrays love in a way that is both relatable and nuanced. It beautifully captures the complexities of human relationships, highlighting the struggles one faces in expressing their emotions with honesty and assurance. The film provides the audience with an intimate viewpoint of the life of an emotionally insecure person struggling with personal and societal problems, and how love can change that.

In conclusion, A Short Film About Love is a beautifully crafted piece of cinema, with an exceptional cast and technical prowess. It tells a gripping story that would resonate with anyone, embellished with a hauntingly understated soundtrack that sets the right poignant tone. The film's narrative, combined with its cinematic flair, makes it an instant classic, a must-watch for cinema lovers everywhere.

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    8.1  (25,772)