A Short Film About Love Reviews

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August 31, 2018
What marks Kieslowski out as a great director is that he allows the viewer's own perceptions space to develop. The situations he sets up seem alive with divergent possibilities.
April 5, 2017
Wry humour and moments of real beauty accompany a painfully sharp dissection of human emotion.
April 5, 2017
As the power shifts between the watcher and his subject, between romantic love and carnal lust, Kieslowski taps into the most intimate, fragile areas of human relationships with gripping and often suprisingly humourous results.
April 5, 2017
A moral tract, like Krzysztof Kieslowski's other Dekalog expansion, though physical contact here revolves around the brutality of emotion, rather than killing -- the results are no less visceral.
April 5, 2017
It's impressive and provocative film-making, but ultimately the dispassion and the pessimism may render you little more than a detached observer.
April 5, 2017
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.
September 1, 2009
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.
August 4, 2008
Far more compelling and beautiful than the Dekalog episode which shares its story.
June 10, 2008
There is more real feeling in this brief feature than in a hundred full-length Hollywood romantic comedies.
September 5, 2007
It's an absolutely stunning film that blows you away with its droll humor and its uncovering of sublime emotional truths.
October 14, 2006
It's an interesting fable though for a film about "love" it feels awfully cold, not to mention lacking a certain amount of realism. Still, solid performances and a good script redeem it considerably.
June 24, 2006
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.
April 9, 2005
Kieslowski's direction takes it all so slowly that he drains all emotional involvement out of the situation, which is potentially a moving study of loneliness and the inability to communicate.
August 30, 2004
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 13, 2004
A creepy adolescent (Olaf Lubaszenko) obsessively spies on an older woman (Grazyna Szapolowska) until a strange symbiosis develops between the two.
August 7, 2004
It's well-crafted and satisfying, even if it lacks the depth of Red.
August 7, 2004
Some of the new footage feels like unnecessary outtakes, but Kieslowski also changes certain edits around.
August 7, 2004
Overall, Kieslowski has crafted a compelling portrait of love, that weed that forces its strange way through life's hardest cement.
August 7, 2004
A remarkable 1988 Polish feature expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from his film The Decalogue.
April 19, 2004
For the characters in this film, love is a feeling of attachment and necessity, an emotion that is potentially harmful.
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