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  • Summary: In 1946, Stalin invites Russian expatriates to return to the motherland. A promise of open arms turns into a situation where many of them are shot or imprisoned. This film follows the story of a young family from France.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. Picks up steam from the ominous opening scene and ends as a quietly suspenseful thriller.
  3. Wargnier's sumptuous, moving new film, captures both the hope of the returning Russians and their brutal betrayal.
  4. 63
    The movie as a whole lacks the conviction of a real story. It is more like a lush morality play, too leisurely in its storytelling, too sure of its morality.
  5. 60
    Wargnier has assembled a stellar French and Russian cast, but all that talent can't overcome his heavy-handed screenplay.
  6. Wargnier chooses a sweeping title and a sweeping topic, then turns everything into half-baked melodrama, heavy on over-the-top emotion but light on subtlety and ideas.
  7. 40
    Stodgy storytelling and a hyperbolic score reduce their experiences to melodrama.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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