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COLD WAR. A DESPAIRING INEVITABILITY FOR TIME OUT OF JOINT LOVERS

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

IDA

 Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida and Agata Kulesza as the world weary Wanda.
Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida and Agata Kulesza as the world weary Wanda.

Reminiscent of early Polanski, and in the great tradition of Polish pictures, IDA(M), is the latest film from Pawel Pawlikowski who has been plying his trade in the UK but returns to Poland in glorious triumph with this sparse, unadorned gem.

Picture opens in Poland in 1962 with Anna, a novitiate nun, and cohorts from her convent, doing some resurrection on a statue of Jesus. After restoring the statue of the Saviour to its pedestal, Anna is called into the Abbess’s office and told she must visit a relative, Wanda, her mother’s sister, before she will be permitted to take her final vows.

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