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A Short Film About Love (1988)

Krótki film o milosci (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 4 August 1995 (USA)
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:
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Magda
Olaf Lubaszenko ... Tomek
Stefania Iwinska ... Godmother
Piotr Machalica ... Roman
Artur Barcis ... Young Man
Hanna Chojnacka Hanna Chojnacka ... Miroslawa (as M. Chojnacka)
Stanislaw Gawlik ... Postman (as S. Gawlik)
Tomasz Gradowski Tomasz Gradowski ... (as T. Gradowski)
Rafal Imbro Rafal Imbro ... Bearded Man (as R. Imbro)
Jan Piechocinski ... Blond Man (as J. Piechocinski)
Krzysztof Koperski Krzysztof Koperski ... Gasman in Magda's Apartment (as K. Koperski)
Jaroslawa Michalewska Jaroslawa Michalewska ... Post-Office Clerk (as J. Michalewska)
Malgorzata Rozniatowska ... Angry Postmaster (as M. Rozniatowska)
Emilia Ziólkowska 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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Drama | Romance


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A Short Film About Love is an expanded film version of the 6th part of The Decalogue. 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 »


Magda: Why are you peeping at me?
Tomek: Because I love you. I really do.
Magda: And what do you want?
Tomek: I don't know.
Magda: Do you want to kiss me?
Tomek: No.
Magda: Perhaps you want to make love to me?
Tomek: No.
Magda: Want to go away with me? To the lakes, or to Budapest?
Tomek: No.
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Referenced in The Double (2013) See more »

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the best realist cinema has to offer
2 October 2001 | by hammer-1See all my reviews

A short film about love is truly the work of a master,although it was released as part of The Dekalog (all excellent) it stands out above the rest for it's detailed characterization.the film is so well cast,you almost forget your watching a film with actors,but feel your witnessing a human tragedy unfold before you eyes,the performances are so convincing and the setting so real its like watching a documentary on the human condition,and the message is a clear one,not all love has an happy ending,indeed there is a very painful side to feeling love and never as the cinema explored it so poignantly as Krzysztof Kieslowski

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Polish | Portuguese

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

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Zespol Filmowy "Tor" See more »
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1.66 : 1
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