2018 | Drama | In Polish, French, Italian, Russian, Croatian, and German with English subtitles | 89 minutes
In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply in love. Wiktor is a musical director and Zula a singer with a promising future. They both end up in a folk dance ensemble group where their kind of music is severely criticized by Communist leaders. Trapped in a Communist country in the midst of the Cold War, Wiktor and Zula talk of defecting when they are on tour in Berlin. Wiktor indeed defects but Zula reluctantly holds back. They hook up again when the disillusioned Wiktor returns to Poland. But they find that the brutal ways of the Communists are hurdles too difficult to overcome.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
- Metacritic Score: 90
Cannes Film Festival: Best Director (Pawlikowski)
European Film Awards: Best Film, Best Director (Pawlikowski), Best Screenwriter ( Pawlikowski), Best Actress (Joanna Kulig)
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COLD WAR smolders and even burns with the gorgeous intoxicating atmosphere of a star-crossed romance. Passionate, tempestuous, haunting and assured, this latest from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski, explores Poland’s recent past, resulting in a potent emotional story with political overtones that plays impeccably today.Kenneth Turan
COLD WAR is one of those love-among-the-ruins romances that turn suffering into high style. Like its two sexy leads—who fall for each other and keep on falling—the movie has been built for maximum seduction. The movie is filled with ordinary and surprising beauty, with gleaming and richly textured surfaces. Its greatest strengths, though, are its two knockout leads, who give the story its heat, its flash, and its heartbreak.Manohla Dargis
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