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A Short Film About Love (1988)

Krótki film o milosci (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 4 August 1995 (USA)
An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Magda
Olaf Lubaszenko ... Tomek
Stefania Iwinska ... Godmother
Piotr Machalica ... Roman
Artur Barcis ... Young Man
Hanna Chojnacka Hanna Chojnacka ... Miroslawa (as M. Chojnacka)
Stanislaw Gawlik ... Postman (as S. Gawlik)
Tomasz Gradowski Tomasz Gradowski ... (as T. Gradowski)
Rafal Imbro Rafal Imbro ... (as R. Imbro)
Jan Piechocinski ... (as J. Piechocinski)
Krzysztof Koperski Krzysztof Koperski ... Gasman in Magda's Apartment (as K. Koperski)
Jaroslawa Michalewska Jaroslawa Michalewska ... Post-Office Clerk (as J. Michalewska)
Malgorzata Rozniatowska ... Angry Postmaster (as M. Rozniatowska)
Emilia Ziólkowska Emilia Ziólkowska ... Old Woman at Post-Office (as E. Ziólkowska)
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Storyline

19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She's an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything - not least a constant stream of men at her beck and call. But when the two finally meet, they discover that they have a lot more in common than appeared at first sight... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Portuguese

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Short Film About Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zespol Filmowy "Tor" See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The ending is different from the TV version. It was rewritten at the suggestion of lead actress Grazyna Szapolowska who wanted the film to have a "fairytale ending". See more »

Goofs

When Tomek goes out onto the roof above Magda's flat, his black eye and split lip are gone. They reappear when he goes back into the building. See more »

Quotes

Magda: Why are you peeping at me?
Tomek: Because I love you. I really do.
Magda: And what do you want?
Tomek: I don't know.
Magda: Do you want to kiss me?
Tomek: No.
Magda: Perhaps you want to make love to me?
Tomek: No.
Magda: Want to go away with me? To the lakes, or to Budapest?
Tomek: No.
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References Knife in the Water (1962) See more »

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I've been watching your world from afar..
7 June 2008 | by clemtineSee all my reviews

A gripping and intriguing story about loving someone from afar. This is one of those films that I randomly pick up from whatever thread I come across, and now, having seen it, I am really surprised that it's mostly unknown. From the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski---I know, good luck on pronouncing his name, this is the extended version of the sixth episode of The Decalogue. Tomek is nineteen years old, a single guy who works in a post office. Every night, he spies on Magda, a middle-aged woman who lives in the building across. He falls in love with her and decides to profess his love one day after seeing her cry the previous night. At first, Magda doesn't take him seriously and she eventually hurts him. What follows after is both tragic and moving. This film is really spell-binding, from the powerful human emotions it displays to its sincere silent moments. It is a true gem of cinema, a special story waiting to be told. The characters are very real and the emotions they convey very honest. The obsession and the desperation felt by the protagonists are simply too painful to watch. This film is not readily available to some but it is worth every second of searching.

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