A Short Film About Love (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Short Film About Love (1988)

A Short Film About Love




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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Kzysztof Piesiewicz, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004


Artur Barcis
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for A Short Film About Love

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A remarkable 1988 Polish feature expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from his film The Decalogue.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's well-crafted and satisfying, even if it lacks the depth of Red.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | June 10, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

Audience Reviews for A Short Film About Love


Compelling, beautiful, affecting. Krzysztof Kieslowski's difficult and resonant meditation on all the effects that love has (guilt, manipulation, shame, remorse ect.). The cinematography is typically expressive and the performances are typically gut wrenching. Kieslowski never ceased to move his audiences in the most unique and unexpected ways.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

Kieslowski crafts voyeuristic obsession into a visceral odyssey, illustrating that a flame can indeed be drawn to a moth.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Emo-Kieslowski goes DePalma in this creepy sexy voyeuristic character study

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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