Paweł Pawlikowski directs Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot and Borys Szyc in this doomed romance film following a world weary music teacher and a grifting young singer as they fall in and out love over decades of Soviet rule in Poland.
Hauntingly beautiful black and white photography capture the sexiest onscreen pairing in years. Broken and imperfect, internally and externally, you feel the attraction and the betrayals of this mismatched pair. The novella like format reduces what should be Doctor Zhivago epic love story down to a series of elliptical vignettes. Compelling, seductive, misanthropic stuff.