Cold War (2018)

R   |    |  Drama, History, Music

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In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

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  • Pawel Pawlikowski at an event for Cold War (2018)
  • Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in Cold War (2018)
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  • Pawel Pawlikowski at an event for Cold War (2018)
  • Tomasz Kot and Aloïse Sauvage in Cold War (2018)
  • Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in Cold War (2018)

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6 February 2019 | evanston_dad
| Not Much Chemistry
A musician and his muse carry out an on-again-off-again romance in the two decades following WWII.

"Cold War" left me feeling like my lack of understanding about Poland and post-war Polish identity prevented me from fully appreciating this movie. The whole time I was watching it, I felt like there was something I was missing. But I have to judge a movie based on my personal reaction to it, and this one left me cold. The two leads have little chemistry, and the movie doesn't make a compelling case that these two damaged souls can't live without each other. We're just told they can't, but we're never shown. Because I didn't care about their relationship, and I didn't much care for them as individuals (we never learn very much about either of them), I never felt vested in anything happening and I couldn't care less about whether they ended up together, apart, alive, or dead.

The film has some rapturous followers, so I'll have to just live with the fact that I missed the boat on this one.

Nominated for three Oscars at the upcoming 2018 Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film (Poland), Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), and Best Cinematography.

Grade: B-

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Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Drama | History | Music | Romance


Release Date:

22 March 2019


Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Croatian

Country of Origin

Poland, UK, France

Filming Locations

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland

Box Office


€4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,353 (USA) (23 December 2018)


$4,572,545 (USA) (31 March 2019)

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