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East-West (Est-Ouest)

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Running time
110 min.
France France
Rustam Ibragimbekov, Sergey Bodrov, Louis Gardel, Régis Wargnier
Patrick Doyle
Laurent Dailland
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Co-production France-Russia-Ukraine-Bulgaria-Spain; Mate Production / UGC / NTV-PROFIT / Gala Film / France 3 Cinéma
Drama | Melodrama
Synopsis / Plot
June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) are sent to Kiev. She wants to return to France immediately; he knows that they are captives and must watch every step. By chance, she meets a touring French actress and pleads for help. She also takes a young swimmer under her wing, and several years later, he makes a bold attempt to escape. Meanwhile, the KGB is suspicious, and hope for freedom is dim. Patience, her husband's self control, and her good looks may be their only assets.
1999: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: 4 Nominations for César: Best Actress, Movie, Director, Music
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