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Cold War

1h 28m
Drama, Romance, War, Music
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A man and a woman meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other.
Cold War Poster

Cold War

1h 28m
Drama, Romance, War, Music
A man and a woman meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other.
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Joanna Kulig
Zuzanna "Zula" Lichoń
Tomasz Kot
Wiktor Warski
Borys Szyc
Lech Kaczmarek
Agata Kulesza
Irena Bielecka
Adam Ferency
Slavko Sobin
Sleuth 2
Directed By: Paweł Pawlikowski
Written By: Paweł Pawlikowski (Screenplay), Janusz Głowacki (Screenplay), + 1 more

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smallclone says...
5 years ago
Pawel Pawlikowski returns to the black and white 4:3 aspect ratio that worked so well with 'Ida'. This is a stunning film. Joanna Kulig gives a brilliant performance as one half of a couple faced with decisions and adversity in post war communist Poland. Based loosely on the Director's own parents, it's a devastatingly captivating love story involving music, tragedy and politics. Spanning 15 years, the film uses music to evolve the story and the phenomenal set design / ambience of the film really captures the state of flux that Europe was in at the time. Lukasz Zal's cinematography will live long in the memory. I need a few days to digest this one but I can't see it being beaten on my best movies of 2018 list.
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Carolajn says...
5 years ago
not gonna lie, I absolutely ugly cried a couple of times just watching Zula singing or dancing and I will never be ashamed of it she's absolutely mesmerizing and although the whole movie is a masterpiece, Kulig is the one you will always be searching for on the screen. amazing.
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Nancy L Draper says...
4 years ago
There is just something about this movie. On one hand, it is slow, plodding and dark. On the other, there are moments of beauty, heart and an unfathomable passion. Basically, it is the intense love story of two people (reputedly the author's parents) that spans 15 years and transects Europe. From the very beginning the character Zusa emerges as the axis upon which Wiktor's world revolves. No matter where he goes to escape oppression he cannot escape Zula's hold over him. It is impossible to take your eyes off Joanna Kulig as she inhabits this character or to escape the spell she weaves. This is fine acting. The choice of a black and white palette suits the mood of the piece while the life of the music shattters those bounds. Not a movie for everyone but there was something about it that captured me. Nominated for multiple awards, including 3 Oscars in 2019, it has been well received by film critics and festivals. I give this film a 7 (good) out of 10. [Dramatic Love Story]
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nmahoney416 says...
4 years ago
This is a good love story and knowing it is based off the director's parents makes it better. It has some great performances, good music and looks beautiful. The editing and use of black screens was fantastic.
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Featured User Reviews

7/10  4 years ago
I will tell the truth: if I had not known that the story of the two main characters is taken (partly) by the story of Pawlikowski's parents (in fact the movie is dedicated to them), I would have been slightly disappointed. But knowing that, everything appears to me in a different light. It is cl More
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Saint Pauly
5/10  5 years ago
I don't want to be 'that' bloke, but it needs to be said. This is a love story, and love stories are lazy screen writing.

They're like the parsley of cinema: totally bland but they go with everything. "It's a love story?" "Yes, but set in Eastern Europe / the Hima More
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6/10  8 months ago
Aesthetically perfect; narratively frustrating

Reading around some of the reviews of Zimna wojna [Cold War], I recognise that this should have been a film I liked, loved even, as so much of what these critics are praising are exactly the kinds of things I myself often look for in a film, and I genu More
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Stephen Campbell
4 years ago
**_Aesthetically perfect, narratively frustrating_**

>_It's very much to do with my parents - the world they lived in that kind of shaped them, tripped them up. But it's also about two people who are very strong individuals, and very attractive. My father was an old-fashioned guy who said a woman More
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