Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cold War Review - 4 Stars

"Cold War" starts like a folk tale and ends as a nihilistic take on "Casablanca." Set in Poland after World War II, a team of producers and directors roam rural Poland in search of performers who can demonstrate the post-war Communist national spirit. Pianist/conductor Wiktor (Tomasz Kot)  discovers charismatic Zula (Joanna Kulig.) She notices his attentions, and takes a page from "All About Eve." Soon, Zula and Wiktor become artist & muse and the loves of each others' lives. "Cold War" never fails to surprise as it follows a tortured affair, playing out between thrilling musical performances. Shot in crisp black and white, "Cold War" feels ageless. It swept me away. "Cold War," rated "R," 4 stars. Does it deliver what it promises? Tortured love story. Is it entertaining? Beautiful and surprising to watch. Is it worth the price of admission? One of the year's best.