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

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

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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
Made in1999
Produced byCNC, FR 3, Gala Films, Le Studio Canal+, Mate Production, NTV-PROFIT, Sofica Sofinergie 5, UGC YM

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas14
Cape ArgusNazma Dreyer15
Cape TimesJean-Pierre Rossouw10
The StarAO Scott16
Die BurgerHerman Wasserman15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge16
SAFM Saturday WiredAlan Swerdlow14
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files5
Box Office (USA)Shlomo Schwartzberg5
Total Film (UK)Kevin Harley10
Film Review (UK)James Cameron-Wilson15
IMDB112 Netizens17
Average .. 64%13
Visitor Ratings
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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