19-year-old Tomek spies on his neighbor, Magda, through binoculars. She’s an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything – not least a constant stream of men at her beck and call. But when the two finally meet, they find they have a lot more in common than appeared at first sight…
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Like Kieslowski’s other efforts, the filmmaking is strong with emotion and feeling, creating a sense that one can jump into easily and relate to heavily. Tackling adolescent love and desire, the director explores with sensitivity, never judging, what it feels like to be in love with someone you can’t be with, and the guilt and longing that comes with seemingly unbridgeable distance.
"the woman's body becomes wet inside with desire," so I will make my own interior bleed in the way I know how. the telescope transitions from object of ocular reality to one of amorous fantasy. the quiet way that characters and things change in this film alone makes it a triumph
A very cruel love story by Kieślowski. In the scenes in which Tomek observes Magda, Kieślowski develops an incredible tense atmosphere through the montage and the mise en scène. A true master of cinema!
A film that is both a bittersweet love story and an ode to cinema. Tomek is a stand-in for the audience, the telescope becomes the camera. The film exposes the voyeur within us as we watch the characters perform their most private acts, and by watching their hidden suffering and self-loathing, we learn to accept our own inadequacies.
I have seen only half of Decalogue series when I saw this, so I didn't know about the ending of part VI. But this film is still a compelling, bittersweet portrayal of love, which is described as pure and fragile. Had it been not Kieslowski directing it, it would lose its grace and charm.
It felt really short because it doesn't feel like a film. It's a beautiful poem which filled you with wonders. Ah, to be young...