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East/West(Est - Ouest)

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Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria
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1999

Rated PG-13 · 2h 1m

Director Régis Wargnier
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menshikov, Sergei Bodrov Jr.
Genre Drama, Romance
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In June 1946, Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife are sent to Kiev. She wants to return to France immediately; however, he knows that they are captives and must watch every step.

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Baltimore Sun by Ann Hornaday

One of the unique virtues of the cinema is its ability to bring history to life with engrossing detail and gripping immediacy; East-West does this.
88

New York Daily News by Jami Bernard

Feels like an old-fashioned movie in the way it deals with bold sacrifices made in the name of love, while its setting and chary view of the era's political machinations mark it as distinctly modern.
88

New York Post by Jonathan Foreman

The movie that deserved to win the Oscar for foreign-language film, and one of the best movies ever made about life behind the Iron Curtain.
60

Village Voice by Leslie Camhi

Wargnier has assembled a stellar French and Russian cast, but all that talent can't overcome his heavy-handed screenplay.