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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.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Picks up steam from the ominous opening scene and ends as a quietly suspenseful thriller.
  2. A grand, old-fashioned movie of spies and Communist repression.
  3. Takes the most somber of predicaments, and makes it involving, romantic and ultimately intensely suspenseful.
  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. It is well-made in an old-fashioned way, and its straight-arrow lack of cynicism may be old- fashioned as well.
  7. 40
    The film looks great, but Wargnier is so heavy-handed in his portrayal of postwar Russia that it casts suspicions on the film's reliability as history.

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