Wednesday 19 December 2018

Film Review: Cold War

Cold War
18 December 2018
88 mins
Pawel  Pawlikowski (Director) 
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times. (IMDB Synopsis)

I was fortunate enough to acquire a free double pass to an advance screening of Cold War thanks to the ACO and Palace Nova Cinemas. I took my husband with me. He was wary of the double whammy of a movie both subtitled and in black and white, but he left the cinema saying he'd enjoyed it. And so did I.

Cold War is an exquisitely shot movie, reminiscent of an older style of filmmaking, and that helps to transport you into the time period of the story. The performances from Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot are intense and emotional (I fell a little in love with Wictor myself), and I simple adored the soundtrack, listening to all the wonderful folk music. The music also helps to tell the story, since the advancing musical styles leads us through the years, and establishes an East-West divide. This film has an understated elegance where less is most definitely more, and the final line of dialogue as the movie ended was just perfect. This is a film I would love to watch again.

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