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Cold War(Zimna wojna)

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Poland, United Kingdom, France · 2018
Rated R · 1h 28m
Director Paweł Pawlikowski
Starring Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza
Genre Drama, Music, Romance

Zula and Wiktor, two performers in Cold War Poland, begin an affair while in an ensemble together. As their differences become evident, the two struggle to continue their relationship. When they meet in Paris many years later, they must come to terms with their enduring feelings for each other.

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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Pawlikowski, who doesn’t waste a shot (nor compose one that isn’t a work of art on its lonesome), creates a gripping present tense from the clarity and efficiency of his storytelling: No matter how often he lurches us forward in time, we remain locked into the emotional sphere of his characters.


The Playlist by Jordan Ruimy

The minute-to-minute detail is absolutely stunning, from the period costumes to the on-set locations, there’s a searing authenticity to the time period that is undeniably absorbing. However, the almost too tightening restraint he gives his film forces us to quickly witness its events rather than be enveloped or moved by them.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski's latest film, is bittersweet and unbearably lovely, a sad ballad of two lovers who can't stand to stay apart but also sometimes can't stand each other either.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The crystalline black-and-white cinematography exalts its moments of intimate grimness and its dreamlike showpieces of theatrical display. It is an elliptical, episodic story of imprisonment and escape, epic in scope.


Slant Magazine by Sam C. Mac

The film is most exhilarating as a breathless vessel for mood, one that just so happens to conduct itself within reconstructed period settings that are as obsessively detailed as the reverently curated soundtrack.

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