Directed by Regis Wargnier
Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve, Oleg
Menchikov and Sergei Bodrov Jr. star in this moving drama about a tragic
chapter in Russian history. A medic and his French wife return to Russia
when Stalin invites exiles back to help "rebuild" the country at the end of
World War II. While avoiding the executions that awaited many of those who
returned, the couple is forced to endure bleak living and working conditions
and the deprived circumstances threaten to drive them apart. Escaping to the
West seems impossible until the arrival of a famous French actress opens a
risky door of opportunity. "Poetic, tragic and emotionally heart-wrenching"
(Louse Keller, Urban Cinefile). Russian and French with English
subtitles. 125 minutes.