A Short Film About Love
A Short Film About Love (1988)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 21, 1988
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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.

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TV Guide

A creepy adolescent (Olaf Lubaszenko) obsessively spies on an older woman (Grazyna Szapolowska) until a strange symbiosis develops between the two.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A remarkable 1988 Polish feature expanded by Krzysztof Kieslowski from his film The Decalogue.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Far more compelling and beautiful than the Dekalog episode which shares its story.

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Gary Kamiya
San Francisco Examiner

Overall, Kieslowski has crafted a compelling portrait of love, that weed that forces its strange way through life's hardest cement.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It's well-crafted and satisfying, even if it lacks the depth of Red.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's an absolutely stunning film that blows you away with its droll humor and its uncovering of sublime emotional truths.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Some of the new footage feels like unnecessary outtakes, but Kieslowski also changes certain edits around.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
Compelling, beautiful, affecting. Krzysztof Kieslowski's difficult and resonant meditation on all the effects that love has (guilt, manipulation, shame,… More
Eric Broome
A well-acted, sensitively directed film, but it's hard to get past the unlikelihood of a woman being actually *touched* by her stalker's obsession.… More
Randy Tippy
Kieslowski crafts voyeuristic obsession into a visceral odyssey, illustrating that a flame can indeed be drawn to a moth.
Daniel Parsons
A bleak, depressing look at obsession, love and loneliness, from director Krzystof Kieslowksi (The <i>Three Colours</i> trilogy). A 19 year old… More
Ken Stachnik
Emo-Kieslowski goes DePalma in this creepy sexy voyeuristic character study