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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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

For most of the movie, you'll think Tomik is a pretty sick puppy. But Kieslowski's skill as a spare, cerebral film maker is to turn your perceptions around.

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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.

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Wry humour and moments of real beauty accompany a painfully sharp dissection of human emotion.

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James Berardinelli

There is more real feeling in this brief feature than in a hundred full-length Hollywood romantic comedies.

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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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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

As the power shifts between the watcher and his subject, between romantic love and carnal lust, Kieslowski taps into the most intimate, fragile areas of human relationships with gripping and often suprisingly humourous results.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

Well aware that Hitchcock and Michael Powell have been down these streets before him, Kieslowski turns in an absolutely masterly movie that yields equal parts of humour and wry emotional truth.

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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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Fernando F. Croce

A moral tract, like Krzysztof Kieslowski's other Dekalog expansion, though physical contact here revolves around the brutality of emotion, rather than killing -- the results are no less visceral.

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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