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Cold War

Zimna wojna

Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
Poland, France, 2018
Drama, Romance, History


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, it’s an impossible love story in impossible times.

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Cold War Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski
Once you know the real story that inspired Cold War, it’s easy to understand why the filmmaker, as well as his camera, idealizes these two restless, complicated souls, seducing us into loving them as he does.
November 22, 2019
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Like Cuarón’s film [Roma], Pawlikowski’s is a biography of his parents. By the end things get lugubrious, as they often do in relationships at that point.
February 22, 2019
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From the first, watching Cold War we know—with joy and relief—that we’re in the hands of an artist with vision, an artist whose aesthetics will shape and give meaning to his material. The film has a grand story to tell, but it’s as much about the telling as the story itself.
January 11, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Cold War

    [Who starts his day by skipping BF and watches this instead?/Sucker's hurt up in his dome mosdef] Sharpening my boxcutter as we speak.•This is oh so killer & hurtful. One thinks that all on love is already sung, written, acted, painted+shot: Nein. Paweł shows it ain't. THAT ending: "Let's go here instead, better view"*cut to black* Actually thought (hoped for is the word) that those pills weren't death mints: wrong▽

  • Scorpio Velvet's rating of the film Cold War

    A journey of love & music through the years of Communism as told by Pawlikowski in the classic likes. The storyline & its B/W film-making is quite impressive that it even rivals Cuarón's ROMA (for which that title won more over at the Academy Awards than this title here), but still 2018 was a big year for some contemporary masterpieces of the art-house genre (like this one).

  • Drew Kelly's rating of the film Cold War

    How to be true to oneself amidst political turmoil?; how to be true to oneself amidst sex and love?; how to be true to your art amidst rapidly emerging genres and preferences? And what does being true to all that actually constitute? I think Wiktor found at least one of those moments during his piano solo, truly embracing the spirit of expression and improvisation, as the band drops out he continues on. Seemed cold.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Cold War

    It sometimes seems, at least from under my sturdy rock here, as if contemporary cinema, despite containing all kinds of great, interesting, wonderful permutations, is dominated by twin pillars of banality. On one pole we have superheroes, sequels, and gazillions of dollars; on the other, a stuffed shirt crammed to bursting with self-important artfulness and prestige. Captain Marvel vs. Cold War: Eternity Stream.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Cold War

    Si los miembros de La Academia realmente se preocupasen por premiar lo mejor del cine, hoy estaríamos alabando a COLD WAR por ser la mejor película del Oscar 2019. Demoledora historia de amor y homenaje a la música, en la que el director Paweł Pawlikovski y su fotografo Lukasz Zal confirman las virtudes mostradas en su anterior IDA (2013) y su estatura como dos grandes personalidades del cine polaco reciente a seguir

  • Kamran's rating of the film Cold War

    Well crafted and brilliantly shot, Pawlikowski's follow up to the acclaimed IDA takes on the grander concept of love unkempt by material and physical-political and historical-challenges rather than unrequitence. Love finds a place on the other side. 86/100 - Excellent (4.5)

  • msmichel's rating of the film Cold War

    Paelikowski's latest is a well crafted film that looks at an obsessive love affair hindered by politics, circumstance and history culminating in both catharsis and so many classic tales. The masterful b&w cinematography by Lukasz Zal is breathtaking throughout deserving its kudos. Casting is strong featuring strong turns by leads Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig.

  • Franklinton Underground Cinema's rating of the film Cold War

    The B&W 1.37:1 cinematography that was visually meaningful in Ida, loses it's spiritual and moral potency in Cold War. The only spark of life was inside the Rock Around the Clock scene. Otherwise, hopelessly boring and emotionally perverse.

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