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Cold War (2018)

Zimna wojna (original title)
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In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

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Pawel Pawlikowski

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Pawel Pawlikowski (story), Pawel Pawlikowski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 99 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kulig ... Zula
Tomasz Kot ... Wiktor
Borys Szyc ... Kaczmarek
Agata Kulesza ... Irena
Cédric Kahn ... Michel
Jeanne Balibar ... Juliette
Adam Woronowicz ... Consul
Adam Ferency ... Minister
Drazen Sivak Drazen Sivak ... Sleuth 1
Slavko Sobin ... Sleuth 2
Aloïse Sauvage ... Waitress
Adam Szyszkowski ... Guard
Anna Zagórska Anna Zagórska ... Ania
Tomasz Markiewicz Tomasz Markiewicz ... Leader of ZMP
Izabela Andrzejak Izabela Andrzejak ... Mazurek
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Storyline

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Love has no borders.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Poland | UK | France

Language:

Polish | French | German | Russian | Italian | Croatian

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold War See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,353, 23 December 2018

Gross USA:

$4,572,545
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main characters were loosely based on the real-life creators of the world-renowned Polish folk dance group Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze (in the movie Mazowsze has been changed into Mazurek), Tadeusz Sygietynski and Mira Ziminska. They were married and after the war toured the countryside in search of talented young folk singers and dancers. They also composed the song "Dwa serduszka, cztery oczy", which is the leitmotiv of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Zula: He mistook me for my mother and a knife showed him the difference.
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Oscars 2019 Recap (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Final
Music by Tadeusz Sygietynski
Performed by Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze
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Not Much Chemistry
6 February 2019 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

A musician and his muse carry out an on-again-off-again romance in the two decades following WWII.

"Cold War" left me feeling like my lack of understanding about Poland and post-war Polish identity prevented me from fully appreciating this movie. The whole time I was watching it, I felt like there was something I was missing. But I have to judge a movie based on my personal reaction to it, and this one left me cold. The two leads have little chemistry, and the movie doesn't make a compelling case that these two damaged souls can't live without each other. We're just told they can't, but we're never shown. Because I didn't care about their relationship, and I didn't much care for them as individuals (we never learn very much about either of them), I never felt vested in anything happening and I couldn't care less about whether they ended up together, apart, alive, or dead.

The film has some rapturous followers, so I'll have to just live with the fact that I missed the boat on this one.

Nominated for three Oscars at the upcoming 2018 Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film (Poland), Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), and Best Cinematography.

Grade: B-


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