East West


Based on a true story: A young Russian doctor and his French wife return to Russia after World War II. Once they realise that the promised paradise does not and will not exist, they desire to return to France. One problem: the government won't let them go. Living in an environment that distrusts foreigners and where everyone spies on everyone else, the family goes through tough times while husband and wife desperately try to wangle a plan to escape the country.
The American reviewers did not like it, but the film was nominated for many awards (including the Oscar) and won a few. French with English subtitles.


120 minutes.
All ages .
Drama, Thriller, On the Art Circuit

Showtimes

Oh no! Paradise is breaking down....
Oh no! Paradise is breaking down....

Credits

Cast
Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menshikov, Catherine Deneuve, Sergei Bodrov, Jr.,
Director
Régis Wargnier
ScreenplaySergei Bodrov, Louis Gardel, Rustam Ibragimbekov, Régis Wargnier
MusicPatrick Doyle
CinematographyJerzy Zielinski
Sound formatsDTS
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor
Made in1999
Produced byCNC, FR 3, Gala Films, Le Studio Canal+, Mate Production, NTV-PROFIT, Sofica Sofinergie 5, UGC YM

Official Site




Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Nazma Dreyer
15
The Cape Times
Jean-Pierre Rossouw
10
The Star
AO Scott
16
Die Burger
Herman Wasserman
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
16
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
14
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
5
Box Office
Shlomo Schwartzberg
5
Total Film
Kevin Harley
10
Film Review
James Cameron-Wilson
15

What the People say

Internet
112 Netizens
17

Average .. 64%

13

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Michael Moye 8

Average .. 40%

8

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: An engaging drama, even if I found the actions of the characters rather difficult to agree with at times. Interesting look at life in a totalitarian state.

Michael Moye (50): Well-meaning, but often tedious look at totalitarian Russia. Heavy handed and badly scripted. Good performances, though.






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