East/West

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Released 2000

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Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
From the director of Academy Award(r)-winning INDOCHINE comes another highly acclaimed film. Academy Award(r)-nominated (1999) for Best Foreign Language Film, EAST/WEST (EST/OUEST) is a wonderfully imagined film that follows the plight of a young couple and their child as they choose to go back to the Soviet Union in 1946. At the end of the war, Stalin invited Russians who fled the country to return.The talented young doctor, Alexei Golovine (Oleg Menchikov), accompanied by his French bride, the beautiful Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire), and their son optimistically return to the Soviet Union. Their arrival is a rude one. Interrogations are followed by the grim reality of post-war Soviet Union: shared apartments, suspicious neighbors and lack of privacy. Marie soon starts to rebel against the circumstances, but her husband finds that his talents are needed and appreciated by the authorities so he starts to get ahead. Marie meets up with a touring French actress (Catherine Deneuve), and soon faces a terrifying choice: to leave her husband and child for freedom or stay and confront a grim future.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Wargnier's sumptuous, moving new film, captures both the hope of the returning Russians and their brutal betrayal.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Takes the most somber of predicaments, and makes it involving, romantic and ultimately intensely suspenseful.

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Too often caught between trying to be a sweeping period drama and intimate love story at the same time, with a script that's never fully satisfying on either count.

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Drama

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Love & Romance, Historical, Foreign Language