Beyond the Ocean Image
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  • Summary: This drama explores an unusual niche of American society today: young Russian immigrants in New York City. The story centers around a Russian woman (Volga) who follows her boyfriend to New York, chronicling her the journey as she is caught between the present in New York and memories of herThis drama explores an unusual niche of American society today: young Russian immigrants in New York City. The story centers around a Russian woman (Volga) who follows her boyfriend to New York, chronicling her the journey as she is caught between the present in New York and memories of her past life in Russia. (Anthology Film Archives) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
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  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    63
    Never quite measures up to Pemberton's reach, but there remains enough to be excited about to wonder what will follow this imperfectly made though valuable work.
  2. 60
    Despite its floating narrative, this is a remarkably accessible and haunting film.
  3. 50
    Doesn't have the content to match the form, never cohering into anything more substantial than a glum navel-gazer about a little girl lost, unable to find a permanent home (literally or figuratively) on either side of the Atlantic.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    50
    Both provocative and awkwardly arty.
  5. 50
    Beyond the Ocean, which at its best is reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger in Paradise," doesn't integrate its two story lines in a particularly satisfying manner and the ending is somewhat abrupt.
  6. 50
    Dour and bleak, yet this melodrama -- which doesn't amount to much of anything -- may stick with you.
  7. 40
    Ultimately sinks beneath the waves of the Caspian Sea.
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