Burnt by the Sun
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Stalinist Russia, circa 1930, is recreated in this Russian-French film that focuses on a small, elite gathering of family and friends who appreciate the idealism of Stalin's visions because they do not have to experience its darker side of gulags and purges. The story focuses upon a single day in Soviet revolutionary hero Serguei Kotov's life. Kotov lives an idyllic country life with his lovely wife Maroussia, and their feisty daughter Nadia. He is highly respected by the locals. On this day, the Kotovs are visited by the roguishly handsome Dimitri, who was a former lover of Maroussia.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Burnt by the Sun was not the best of the nominated foreign films (Before the Rain deserved to win), and is not even very original."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Brilliant allegory about retired Russian officer who discovers he can't escape Stalin's purges."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"I generally don't like slapstick comedy, and this movie was no exception."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Though my foreign Oscar pick would still have been Eat Drink Man Woman, Sun is such a personal close second that I can go with the academy novelty of novelties."
‑ , USA Today
"A brilliant, Chekhovian meditation on trust, love, and the intrusive horrors that period of time brought to otherwise normal families."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"There's a touch of Chekhovian poetic realism in Mikhalkov's mesmerizingly beautiful chronicle of love, family, and the intrusion of politics, which won the 1994 best foreign-language Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Overbearing and, unsurprisingly, mostly forgotten."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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