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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.

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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>

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20 April 1989 (West Germany)  »

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1.66 : 1
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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 »

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A Surprisingly Moving, Powerful Film
3 March 2000 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews

I was not sure what to expect from this film as it is the only the second Polish film of Kieslowski's I have seen. Now it is one of my favorite foreign films and probably my second favorite Kieslowski film, under Red. I was so glued to the television while watching this because I was truly interested in the characters. I saw the 85 minute version and I can say it went very fast because I was completely wrapped up in the story. The passion that these two characters showed is something rarely seen in film. The fact that it was such a simple film with simple characters is quite important as well because it added to the feel of the film. I recommend anyone who can find this film see it.

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