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Cold War

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 2018
  • Pawel Pawlikowski
  • 84 mins
  • 15

Summary

A musical director and a young singer are in love, but are doomed to be separated by differing loyalties and the Iron Curtain. Pawel Pawlikowski's award-winning drama, starring Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot and Borys Szyc. In Polish/French/Croatian/German/Russian/Italian with English subtitles

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Following the Oscar-winning success of Ida, director Pawel Pawlikowski remains in postwar Poland for this mesmerising romantic drama loosely inspired by his parents' relationship. The story of an intense affair spanning the decades begins in 1949, as pianist/composer Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) presides over an X-Factor-like audition to set up a traditional folk dance troupe to tour under the auspices of Poland's Communist overlords. But Wiktor is soon smitten by free-spirited, mercurial singer Zula (a luminous Joanna Kulig), and their fractious, on/off romance takes them from the austerity of their Soviet-controlled homeland to bohemian 50s Paris (in all its smoky, jazz-infused glory), Yugoslavia and a Polish gulag. Kulig is a revelation, channelling the cool of Monica Vitti, the vivaciousness of young Brigitte Bardot and the introspective power of Liv Ullmann, especially in one Paris bar scene ("She's got something"). The crisp monochrome by Ida cinematographer Lukasz Zal only adds to an utterly entrancing experience.

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Credits

Cast

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ZulaJoanna Kulig
WiktorTomasz Kot
KaczmarekBorys Szyc
IrenaAgata Kulesza
MichelCédric Kahn
JulietteJeanne Balibar
ConsulAdam Wornowicz
MinisterAdam Ferency

Crew

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DirectorPawel Pawlikowski

Details

Theatrical distributor
Curzon Artificial Eye
Released on
2018-08-31
Languages
German | Russian | Croatian | Italian | French | Polish | Serbian
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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