Returning to Poland after two large international productions, Wajda once again opted for a change of pace by delving into a deeply lyrical, romantic story reminiscent of a bygone era. Chronicle of Love Affairs takes place in the months preceding the September 1939 outbreak of World War II, in what was a Polish community around Vilnius, in modern-day Lithuania.
Witek, a young high-school student, hopes to pass the entrance exams to study medicine. He is in love with Alina, a schoolmate and the daughter of a Polish officer, but she is hesitant. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger appears, who only Witek can see. After overcoming many obstacles, Witek finally wins Alina’s love – yet the stranger has another fate in mind for the young lovers. Tadeusz Konwicki, author of the source novel for Wajda’s screenplay, plays the stranger, and he becomes a guide through the film.