Product DetailsHailed by the Chicago Tribune as “unique, finely wrought and moving,” Krzysztof Kieslowski’s (The Double Life of Veronique) A Short Film About Love is a film that serves as both an expansion and a re-invention of one of the most powerful episodes in the director’s renowned Decalogue TV series. (A second film adapted from Decalogue, A Short Film About Killing, is also available on Kino DVD). Anticipating themes in his final film Red (Rouge), part III of his renowned Trois Couleurs trilogy, Kieslowski blends reckless romanticism with chilling alienation to produce a courageous and adept examination of human longing. Within the confines of a housing project high-rise, orphan teenager Tomek reaches out from his loveless isolation. His voyeuristic scrutiny of the windows in the building next door spawns a romantic fascination with Magda, a beautiful and promiscuous older woman. Fervent gaze heralds hesitant touch as Tomek’s boyish attempts to reach Magda grow in both resourcefulness and success. Face to face with the woman he adores, Tomek confronts his own doubt and the impenetrable mantle of cynicism and disappointment that keeps Magda unreachable from any distance. For Magda, the spiritual beauty that Tomek’s infatuation may awaken within her sets the stage for torment and redemption of Shakespearean dimensions. For A Short Film About Love, Kieslowski added a newly written ending, altered from that of the Dekalog episode, which restructures the narrative. Never before released on U.S. video or DVD, this human, unconventional film about obsession evolves into a love story of extraordinary tenderness and depth.
Store CommentsSpecial Features Interview with actress Grazyna Szapolowska Interview with Kieslowski collaborator Annette Insdorf Interview with Emmanuel Finkiel, 2nd Unit Director on Kieslowski’s Trois Couleurs Tramway (1966, 5 min.) A short film by Kieslowski, in Polish w/English subt. Kieslowski Filmography Theatrical Trailer A Kieslowski Trailer Gallery Optional English subtitles Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
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