Anyone who has seen Cold War will still be haunted by scenes and images weeks later, and they will catch themselves humming a rather melodramatic, but beguiling folk song, which is underlaid with the film in different versions. It is called Dwa serduszka, cztery oczy (in German: Zwei Herzen, vier Augen), and it is played burlesque, socialist pathetic, but also in a wonderfully enraptured, floating jazz version, which is very logical. The new film by the Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski takes place from 1949 to 1964 mainly in Poland and Paris, in the midst of rural misery and in the smoky and suffocating bohemia of the West. It is about two lovers who cannot live together, but certainly not separately. Composer Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and his colleague Irena (Agata Kulesza) travel with their tape recorder through the mountain villages of their country in 1949, at the time of Polish reconstruction, in search of hidden singing talents. The suitable candidates invite them to a semi-decay manor house, among them the rebel Zula (Joanna Kulig), with whom Wiktor falls in love. Soon Zula is at the centre of an ensemble founded by Wiktor, with whom he wants to restore the art and culture of his country. But as the troupe becomes more and more committed to political goals, Wiktor is content and uses an appearance in East Berlin to escape. But Zula, who actually wanted to flee with him, doesn't appear as agreed and so the two meet again in Paris many years later... And how Pawlikowski manages to unfold an epic panorama of the Cold War in just 85 minutes with the help of a couple is a feat that shouldn't be missed.