The woman of my life


Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen


DANCING like there is no tomorrow. Joanna Kulig is “Zula” in “Cold War”. Photograph courtesy

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THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN politics and love in life is fairly well-trodden filmic ground, ripe as it is for some of the most beautiful romances imaginable. It’s a ground fertile with issues of young love, utter devastation, twisted values and magnificent music. Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War touches all of these significant pivots and the work he has created with the fabulous Polish performers Joanna Kulig opposite Tomasz Kot is simply magnificent.

This Polish- and French-language film with English subtitles begins with a just post-World War Two initiative to give muscle and relevance to Polish folk culture, and amid the ruins of broken architecture and the relics of a bygone era shot to pieces by war, a music school is born, offering tuition in the old values from the old times. It is here where you are exposed to the soppy love ditties from medieval…

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