An Ordinary Execution
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Novelist Marc Dugain both wrote and directed this screen adaptation of his novel about the last days of one of the 20th Century's most infamous leaders. In 1952, Jospeh Stalin (Andre Dussollier) is in failing health after a long tenure as the unquestioned ruler of the Soviet Union. Stalin is also in the market for a new personal physician, as his longtime doctor has fallen to one of the leader's frequent purges of people he regards as untrustworthy. Anna (Marina Hands) is a doctor who has a fine rapport with her patients, and some believe she has a gift for healing that goes beyond the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imposing, yet slightly academic."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Always mesmerising, Dussollier's Stalin is a portrait of a leader whose frailties are matched only by his capacity for evil."
‑ Philip De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"A movie that's impeccably played and chillingly compelling."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Dramatically speaking it's a bit too flat and seems more suited to theatre..."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It is permeated with a gut-wrenching reality about a historical period that's insufficiently understood and in present-day Russia viewed through rose-tinted glasses."
‑ Philip French, Guardian [UK]
"Shot in a gloomy palette of greys and browns, Execution offers a chilling re-creation of everyday life under Stalin."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"With a thoughtful and introspective tone, this film continually surprises us as its story unfurls and a young doctor's life takes a strange and portentous turn, colliding with one of history's most notorious figures."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"At times overcomplicated with needless plot additives, but with no previous filmmaking experience Dugain has produced a taut and thoroughly enjoyable historical drama."
‑ James Wright, Little White Lies
"André Dussolier (MicMacs) is perfect as the Russian despot, managing to convey the sense of someone physically fragile at the same time as inspiring constant dread"
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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