Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'A short film about Love' was expanded from one of the most lyrical episodes in 'Dekalog', his celebrated cycle of short films based on the Ten Commandments. A young man falls in love with an older woman who lives across the courtyard in the same Warsaw apartment block. He watches her and her succession of lovers until she becomes aware of his spying and confronts him with a sexual invitation. Featuring a superb score by Zbigniew Preisner. Kieslowski's interpretation of 'thu shalt not commit adultery' affectingly explores the theme of love and voyeurism. Along with its companion piece 'A short film about Killing', the film was released theatrically to wide acclaim.
- A Short Film About Love review by Swambi
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Although the film is obviously shot on a tight budget, in a minimum number of locations, Kieslowski's brilliant direction is evident. The cinematograhy and acting are excellent throughout, and there are various innovative and clever aspects. Although watching Polish dialogue through sub-titles makes the film more of a challenge, I still felt involved throughout. It cleverly depicts a whole range of different aspects of love, prompting the watcher to think about 'love' and right and wrong. The one element that struck me as rather strange was how readily the woman accepted having been harassed, watched and stalked - in real life most people would probably act in a very different way!