A Short Film About Love

Acting as a feature length version of the 6th episode of Dekalog, A Short Film About Love sees Kieślowski at quite possibly his bleakest, as he posits that love is ultimately sex and nothing else (although the film—unlike the episode—teases a sliver of hope). Owing just as much to Hitchcock’s Rear Window as to anything biblical, Kieślowski explores obsession, voyeurism, and deification of women as objects in this deceptively simple parable about the dangers of infatuation posing as love, interrogating the implicit power structures at play between a virgin and the promiscuous older woman he spies on.

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP, 86 min.