Cold War is a historical period drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, who co-wrote the screenplay with Janusz Głowacki and Piotr Borkowski. It stars Tomasz Kot, Joanna Kulig, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn, and Jeanne Balibar.

The Story/The Direction:

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This film takes place in Poland and France during the Cold War from the late 1940s until the 1960s. The story follows a musical director, Wiktor (Kot) who discovers a young singer, Zula (Kulig) and looks at their romance.

 Pawlikowski does a good job of creating this environment. His choice to keep the film entirely black and white works well as it helps keep the film feeling similar to that of historical memory. 

The Characters:

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Both stars do a good job of playing their characters as this film is about their love story. They are two broken people and this film is very sad and depressing due to its environment. The film shows these flags of Stalin when they are in Russia. It makes watchers really feel for these characters because of their environment not because they are meant to be. 

The Flaws:

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The film is centered around these two characters however the film gives no reason on why they should be together. They are pretty awful people and do not treat each other very well. They try to make their relationship work on screen but it really has no development. Since the film does not develop their relationship, it makes the film feel a lot longer than its ninety-minute runtime. This is due to the film's awful writing that tries to get the audience to care but it is very unsuccessful. 


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This film is good for the most part as it tells a very nice story and it is technically sound. However, the relationship is okay at best which makes the whole film really hard to watch and makes it feel really boring. It may be worth a single watch but that's it. Honestly, this comes down to some awful writing

Rating: 3.0/5.0 bowties. 

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