Vanessa’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Let's go to the other side. The view is better there."
Definitely a 5 star movie. After watching Cold War for the first time it left me wanting more, because it's so short and because I wanted to spend more time with these characters but upon rewatch I have to say that everything here works so perfectly that adding a few scenes could have only made it worse. Sometimes a few moments are enough to tell a love story that spans over a decade. And maybe what makes me love Cold War so much is that it focuses just as much on the music that connects Zula and Wiktor as it does on them because the music is such a big part of their lives that it would be wrong not to put it in the spotlight. Of all my favourite moments – and there are many of them – there is only one (the ending) that doesn't involve any music. Be it the scene during the concert in Yugoslavia when Zula realises that Wiktor is gone, or when she's singing Dwa serduszka in the bar or when she's dancing through the room in a beautifully filmed sequence as they are slowly drifting apart again, the music is always there. The thing about their love story is that it becomes obvious pretty early that it's never gonna work out. They are just too different, they are living in different worlds and yet you can't help rooting for them and hope that in the end they will find a way to make it work, even after everything that happened. But then the ending happens. When I watched it for the first time it took a while until it really hit me but once it did the feeling didn't leave me for a few days. This time it was different. Maybe because I already knew what was going to happen. Throughout the entire movie I had to think about what was going to happen and it changed the way I saw everything and in the end it still made me sad but in a different way. I don't know how to explain it but it's definitely my favourite ending of the year.
Between Cold War and Leto 2018 was the year of Eastern European Cold War musicals in black and white and as long as they're all this good I wouldn't mind seeing more of them in the future.