The opening of COLD WAR is a delight for music lovers. Intriguing snippets of unfamiliar airs and the loving detail of unique instruments begins the soundtrack to 15 years in the lives of a pair of lovers. Paweł Pawlikowski’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning IDA, won the Best Director prize at Cannes this year and it is a masterful film when the beauty of the images offsets the ugliness of a post-WWII Europe and the impossible love story is desperately willed by an entranced audience.
Max and his team are collecting “peasant style” music in rural Poland in 1949 to create a folk troupe purposed with a rekindling of Soviet pride and with an eye to performing for other “brotherly nations”. As part of the audition process, they meet Zula. Her easy manipulation of a fellow auditionee, and the panel, imply she is a girl with secrets. Her beauty and a good voice catches the eye of Wiktor, according to him she has “energy, spirit”. They will become lovers and the story of their coming together and the geopolitical forces which separate, yet serve them, is at the heart of COLD WAR. Continue reading COLD WAR. A DESPAIRING INEVITABILITY FOR TIME OUT OF JOINT LOVERS