A Short Film About Love
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In this ironic Polish seriocomedy, Tomek (Olaf Lubaszenko), a young shy postal worker, worships Magda (Grazyna Szapolowska) from afar -- literally, peering at her through spyglasses. She shatters his illusions about pure, ideal love by stating matter-of-factly that she believes only in sex. Despondent, he tries to forget her, and when this fails, he attempts to kill himself. Upon recovering from his botched suicide, Tomek is amazed to learn that Magda has become hopelessly infatuated with him. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its picture of a world where people spy on one another reverberates with a post-cold-war paranoia, evoking the chilling notion that privacy, like love, may also be just an illusion."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A Short Film About Love, despite its title, has more to do with guilt and remorse and manipulation; it might not be about love at all."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"A creepy adolescent (Olaf Lubaszenko) obsessively spies on an older woman (Grazyna Szapolowska) until a strange symbiosis develops between the two."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"For the characters in this film, love is a feeling of attachment and necessity, an emotion that is potentially harmful."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A remarkable 1988 Polish feature expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from his film The Decalogue."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Far more compelling and beautiful than the Dekalog episode which shares its story."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Some of the new footage feels like unnecessary outtakes, but Kieslowski also changes certain edits around."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It speaks with the tranquility of a parable."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"It's well-crafted and satisfying, even if it lacks the depth of Red."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's an absolutely stunning film that blows you away with its droll humor and its uncovering of sublime emotional truths."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Overall, Kieslowski has crafted a compelling portrait of love, that weed that forces its strange way through life's hardest cement."
‑ Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Examiner
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