A short Film about Love

Krótki film o miłości, 1988, 86 min.

A Short Film about Love (1988)


Director Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenplay Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cinematography Witold Adamek
Music Zbigniew Preisnser
Art Direction Halina Dobrowolska
Producer(s) Ryszard Chutkowski


Magda Grazyna Szapolowska
Tomek Olaf Lubaszenko
Godmother Stefania Iwinska
Roman Piotr Machalica
Young Man Artur Barcis

In this provocative look at love’s many and perverse faces – expanded from Decalogue #6 “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife” – a young postal worker uses a telescope to spy on an attractive, sexually active woman living in a neighboring apartment building until his obsessive love leads him to a reckless revelation. In striking contrast to the directness with which Kieslowski approached the theme of killing, Love, with its shifting points of view, is oblique, ambiguous, dreamlike – right up until the startling reversal that concludes this surprisingly hopeful film. “We watch from the point of view of the person who is loving and not the person who is loved… so we’re always looking at this love through the eyes of the person who is suffering.” (Kieslowski)