Cold War

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Di­rected by Pawel Paw­likowski

Pawel Paw­likowski’s “vis­ually stun­ning” new pe­riod love story is “pas­sion­ate, wist­ful, and thought­ful in equal mea­sure,” said Emily Yoshida in NYMag .com. For his for­eign-lan­guage Os­car con­tender, the di­rec­tor of Ida took in­spi­ra­tion from his own par­ents. To­masz Kot plays a com­poser in 1949 Poland who falls for a singer named Zula, who’s not the sim­ple ru­ral girl she pre­tends to be. Joanna Kulig is “as­tound­ing” in the role; she “does ev­ery­thing with a kind of tor­tured fury.” And as cir­cum­stances reg­u­larly sep­a­rate and re­unite the pair, “their volatile to­geth­er­ness is the only thing that re­ally mat­ters.” In short, “this is not a film about a pas­sion-

ate love af­fair so much as it is a film about two peo­ple con­stantly on the verge of one,” said K. Austin Collins in Van­ity Fair. In just 88 min­utes, the movie races through 15 years and sev­eral coun­tries. “It makes you feel, along­side Zula and Wik­tor, like ev­ery­thing is hap­pen­ing on bor­rowed time.” You might won­der, though, why a story about lives shaped by to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism never crys­tal­lizes to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism’s costs. “You don’t have to hang that kind of weight on its shoul­ders to en­joy it,” said Stephanie Zacharek in Time. Cold War is the rare pe­riod ro­mance that “deftly walks the line be­tween ap­pro­pri­ately somber and great, so­phis­ti­cated fun.”

Kulig and Kot: Opposites at­tract.

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