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French director Regis Wargnier's fifth feature film is a romantic period drama which is also a tribute to the victims of a tragic Stalinist episode. In June 1946, Stalin launched a major propaganda campaign aimed at Russians who had settled in the West, offering them amnesty and an opportunity to be involved in the postwar restructuring of the USSR. Many people who believed Stalin and returned home were executed, interned, or subjected to repression. The protagonist of Est-Ouest, Alexei Golovin (Oleg Menshikov), takes his young French wife Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire) and son Serioja with him… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Offering fine, if not the most eye-pleasing, production values and convincing acting, East-West and its important theme deserve attention."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Too often murky and with too many characters, the film works best when the director focuses attention firmly on the leads and their actions."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A true story that reminds us what we so easily forget - to cherish the freedom that enables our souls to bloom and to flourish."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Recommended only for the most devoted soap fans, 'East-West' earns our early nominations both for Fuzziest-Thinking Director and for Most Pretentious Film of the Year."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"The horrifying historical background has been transformed into a conventional melodrama, and much of it has a bogus feel."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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