A Short Film About Love (1988)
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In this ironic Polish seriocomedy, Tomek (Olaf Lubaszenko), a young shy postal worker, worships Magda (Grazyna Szapolowska) from afar -- literally, peering at her through spyglasses. She shatters his illusions about pure, ideal love by stating matter-of-factly that she believes only in sex. Despondent, he tries to forget her, and when this fails, he attempts to kill himself. Upon recovering from his botched suicide, Tomek is amazed to learn that Magda has become hopelessly infatuated with him. ~
Oct 21, 1988 Wide
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Its picture of a world where people spy on one another reverberates with a post-cold-war paranoia, evoking the chilling notion that privacy, like love, may also be just an illusion.
A remarkable 1988 Polish feature expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from his film The Decalogue.
A Short Film About Love, despite its title, has more to do with guilt and remorse and manipulation; it might not be about love at all.
Far more compelling and beautiful than the Dekalog episode which shares its story.
It's an absolutely stunning film that blows you away with its droll humor and its uncovering of sublime emotional truths.
A creepy adolescent (Olaf Lubaszenko) obsessively spies on an older woman (Grazyna Szapolowska) until a strange symbiosis develops between the two.
Some of the new footage feels like unnecessary outtakes, but Kieslowski also changes certain edits around.
Overall, Kieslowski has crafted a compelling portrait of love, that weed that forces its strange way through life's hardest cement.
For the characters in this film, love is a feeling of attachment and necessity, an emotion that is potentially harmful.
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