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A Short Film About Love

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. ~

May 11, 2004

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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A remarkable 1988 Polish feature expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from his film The Decalogue.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's well-crafted and satisfying, even if it lacks the depth of Red.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Far more compelling and beautiful than the Dekalog episode which shares its story.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's an absolutely stunning film that blows you away with its droll humor and its uncovering of sublime emotional truths.

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A creepy adolescent (Olaf Lubaszenko) obsessively spies on an older woman (Grazyna Szapolowska) until a strange symbiosis develops between the two.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Some of the new footage feels like unnecessary outtakes, but Kieslowski also changes certain edits around.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Overall, Kieslowski has crafted a compelling portrait of love, that weed that forces its strange way through life's hardest cement.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

For the characters in this film, love is a feeling of attachment and necessity, an emotion that is potentially harmful.

April 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It speaks with the tranquility of a parable.

March 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Short Film About Love

Kieslowski crafts voyeuristic obsession into a visceral odyssey, illustrating that a flame can indeed be drawn to a moth.
January 29, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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Emo-Kieslowski goes DePalma in this creepy sexy voyeuristic character study
September 18, 2008
kenstachnik

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A well-acted, sensitively directed film, but it's hard to get past the unlikelihood of a woman being actually *touched* by her stalker's obsession.

Additional note: I really don't agree with the AllMovie synopsis posted above. Tomek knew Magda "spread it around" from the beginning, so her belief in empty sex wasn't particularly shattering for him. I'd say his suicide attempt was more about shame -- being so unable to connect with others that he couldn't physically couple with the woman when she finally offered herself. Saying he "tries to forget her" doesn't ring true either, nor do the "amazed" or "hopelessly infatuated" descriptions. Did the reviewer even see the film?
March 4, 2010
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