COLD WAR – Review by Marietta Steinhart

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An amour fou in difficult times is not unfamiliar territory – except when it is. Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is bittersweet and almost unbearably beautiful, with music that changes over time – like love.

Four years after winning an Oscar for best-foreign-language film for Ida, author and director Pawel Pawlikowski has returned with three-time Oscar-nominated Cold War, a meticulously composed story of love shattered by the Iron Curtain, and temperaments. It will break your heart, but never mind: despair has never looked so gorgeous.

Much credit is due to brilliant Joanna Kulig, who took home her Best European Actress Award last year, and purrs and jazzes her way through this film.The Polish stage and TV actress who starred opposite Ethan Hawke in Pawlikowski’s thriller, The Woman in the Fifth (2011), is mesmerizing. Pawlikowski wrote this part specifically for her. Continue reading on THE FEMALE GAZE.

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