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December 28, 2018

In 'Cold War,' a love exiled by communism

AP Film Writer

It took “Aquaman” two and a half hours just to put a fancy trident in its hero's hands. Pawel Pawlikowski's latest, “Cold War,” follows a doomed romance over 15 years and across much of mid-century Europe in a mere 88 minutes. And you're telling me the guy who can swim fast is the superhero?

In two immaculate films in a row, Pawlikowski has put countless filmmakers to shame with his devastating concision. In his Oscar-winning and surprise arthouse smash “Ida” and now in “Cold War,” Pawlikowski distills staggering amounts of story into austere monochrome images so deeply expressive you could dive into them.

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