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Cold war

Friday 28 February

Poland 2018: 1hr 29m, Cert 15.

Ill-matched lovers become involved in an impossible affair across the Iron Curtain. Shot in black-and-white, and featuring folk, choral, classical and jazz music, the film is evocative of 1950s Poland. It scored 94% audience approval.

Interview with director Paweł Pawlikowski on Poland’s film industry today: click here.

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We loved it. Every scene beautifully composed like a painting, the locations as much a star as the actors. Paris looked as Paris should, even the garret, helped by the constant haze of cigarette smoke. As suggested, the music was interwoven beautifully interwoven – Kate & Rob R.

Two doomed lovers choosing suicide in the last scene, on bench at crossroads, remark, “Let’s go to the other side, the view is better there”. Excellent way to conclude their ‘departure’ – Bob S.

Perhaps a misleading title. Wow, how different. Black & white certainly took one back. Wondered at opening if I would stay but overall a love story with tensions between what East and West offer. Music should appeal at some time to most tastes. Interesting to have blank screen between each chapter. What more could one ask? Borrow if you haven’t seen it – Nick H

Loved it – Heather and Haydn

I found it disjointed but beautifully shot; not a strong story nor memorable – Lloyd.

Excellent choice – a love story told without sentiment. The black and white was arresting and added to the intensity. Adds to the line of great Polish films of which perhaps we should see more – John S.

Beautifully shot, full of period atmosphere and fabulous music. Only disappointment was the predictable storyline – Derek and Ruth.

He abandons music troupe to chase her, she chases him, back and forth across Europe – doomed lovers ending it at the crossroads. Typical love story, but not believable against 1940s morals or culture. Brilliant music and cinematography though – Sue S.

Well-structured and followed the rules of these limited release films that focus on people and relationships. 8 out of 10 – Graham S.

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