Cold War ★★★½

St. Louis International Film Festival Screening #2

Over the course of the 20 years immediately following WWII, two people who are incandescently in love try to rescue each other and themselves — from governments, borders, compromise, obscurity, mediocrity, and the implacable terrors of unhappines.

A ravishing love story, as insidious and unforgiving as Soviet radiation. Like the romantic subplot of a Cold War spy novel, expanded into an entire film and scored with the sounds of post-War East and West.

Fabulous stuff, but in this sort of story, happy endings are as hard to come by as American contraband in 1950s Warsaw.