33 user 36 critic

A Short Film About Love (1988)

Krótki film o milosci (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 April 1989 (West Germany)
An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.

On Disc

at Amazon

8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska
Blind Chance (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder
Drama | Music | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy
Camera Buff (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas
No End (1985)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

It's 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini
Dekalog (1989–1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Olaf Lubaszenko
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov
Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe
The Mirror (1975)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev


Complete credited cast:
Stefania Iwinska ...
Young Man
Hanna Chojnacka ...
Miroslawa (as M. Chojnacka)
Stanislaw Gawlik ...
Postman (as S. Gawlik)
Tomasz Gradowski ...
(as T. Gradowski)
Rafal Imbro ...
(as R. Imbro)
Jan Piechocinski ...
(as J. Piechocinski)
Krzysztof Koperski ...
Gasman in Magda's Apartment (as K. Koperski)
Jaroslawa Michalewska ...
Post-Office Clerk (as J. Michalewska)
Malgorzata Rozniatowska ...
Angry Postmaster (as M. Rozniatowska)
Emilia Ziólkowska ...
Old Woman at Post-Office (as E. Ziólkowska)


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 Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »





Release Date:

20 April 1989 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Short Film About Love  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The ending is different from the TV version. It was rewritten at the suggestion of lead actress Grazyna Szapolowska who wanted the film to have a "fairytale ending". See more »


When Tomek goes out onto the roof above Magda's flat, his black eye and split lip are gone. They reappear when he goes back into the building. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

love and life
8 April 2002 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews

I have watched this movie 10 years ago when I was feeling that love was an impossible happiness to achieve and it always accompanied disappointments.

Now that I am a happy man and I am not so pessimistic about love and life. However, this movie still fills my soul with wonder: How can love, disappointments and life be described so beautiful, like a poem, stylish and touching...

I will remember it as long as I believe in love.

33 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Love??? Is everybody blind? This is perversion. Mbulamabe
fantastic gjn1973
Money Notices?? andywood-3
What happened right at the end? oalexander-352-281497
The Key smdpi-mail-com
Discuss A Short Film About Love (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: