A Short Film About Love (1988)
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Critic Reviews for A Short Film About Love
For most of the movie, you'll think Tomik is a pretty sick puppy. But Kieslowski's skill as a spare, cerebral film maker is to turn your perceptions around.
There is more real feeling in this brief feature than in a hundred full-length Hollywood romantic comedies.
Well aware that Hitchcock and Michael Powell have been down these streets before him, Kieslowski turns in an absolutely masterly movie that yields equal parts of humour and wry emotional truth.
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.
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.
Kieslowski crafts voyeuristic obsession into a visceral odyssey, illustrating that a flame can indeed be drawn to a moth.
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?
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