A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
User Reviews: Pawlikowski’s newest film begins with a series of Polish-culture music takes. Right there, one can see how the movie is going to be driven. Faces marked with past struggles and the love for the home country. Desolation at its peak.
As far as the music concerns, it constructs a background for a love story that threatens the lives of two strong-minded lovers who need their own bubble, but can’t keep the romance because of a stained political bias that surrounds artistic developments. That being said, the cold war that names the movie is a perfect match for an impossible affair.
Cold War couldn’t be made if not in black&white. It creates an astonishing view on what it takes to put love in the first place. And the cinematography, conducted by Oscar-nominated Lukasz Zal, is beautifully driven, introduces the viewer to the psychology of two charming characters and delivers a sad but wonderful experience.
Joanna Kulig’s Zula is, as it shows right off, a strong woman with a distinct personality: she’s passionate, confident and has a mysterious aura around her. You can see why one could fall in intense love, as it struck Wiktor.
Pawlikowski had a simple story become grand and powerful and is, rightfully so, considered one of the year’s best directors.