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19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She's an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything - not least a constant stream of men at her beck and call. But when the two finally meet, they discover that they have a lot more in common than appeared at first sight... Written by
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This is a movie which will blow you away. Period. It doesn't matter whether you are a romantic or a skeptic. This will tear you asunder with its powerful characters and raw emotions.
Tomek is a boy in his late teens who spies on his neighbor, Magda, with the help of his binoculars. He watches her through love making sessions and heartbreaks. One day he tells her about his voyeurism. What happens next is what the movie is all about.
I chose this movie because I wanted to watch something short in length and this, at just 80 minutes of run time, qualified easily. However, despite fantastic reviews on the net I was not prepared for the sheer emotional power it unleashed.
The way the feelings of Tomek and the object of his desire, Magda, are portrayed is masterly to use a clichéd term. The direction by Kieslowski is absolutely God level. The dialogues are kept to a minimum. Kieslowski allows the camera to do the talking. The acting is as natural as they come.
I have seen only one other movie by the director which was White, one of the troika in the tri-color trilogy. I plan to check them all out ASAP now.
This is what movie watchers talk off when they say that cinema can be pure magic.
P.S. some of the scenes were copied by that horrific Hindi movie "Ek Choti si Love Story". Another reason for me never to forgive Mr. Mahesh Bhatt and his acolytes.
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