Another face of love
- A Year of the Quiet Sun review by ML
This is a slow, unusual and uncomfortable film, but give it half an hour and it starts to get under your skin. Set in Poland in 1946, both the country and the people have been ravaged by war and the dismal betrayal of the Communist occupation, but love still finds a way to grow - like a flower between two paving stones. Norman (Scott Wilson) and Emilia (Maja Komorowska) are the atypical lovers, long past their youth, but for me Ewa Dalkowska stole the show as Emilia's mother, bed-ridden, but with a huge soul, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to secure her daughter's future. Somehow desolate and hopeful at the same time.
The film is masterfully (but not beautifully) shot by Slavomir Idziak. His muted palette of blues and browns is somehow even less colourful than black and white, brilliantly evoking the colourless nature of those times. Kubrick's masterpiece "Barry Lyndon" (a film I treasure) feels sentimental in comparison.
Film reviewer Roger Ebert has a typically insightful review on his website: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-a-year-of-the-quiet-sun-1984
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