Burnt by the Sun
Burnt by the Sun (1994)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 1994
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle

Brilliant allegory about retired Russian officer who discovers he can't escape Stalin's purges.

Steve Rhodes
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I generally don't like slapstick comedy, and this movie was no exception.

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USA Today

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.

Rob Gonsalves

Overbearing and, unsurprisingly, mostly forgotten.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A brilliant, Chekhovian meditation on trust, love, and the intrusive horrors that period of time brought to otherwise normal families.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
charming and horrifying
Daisy Maduro
Burnt by Sun was a movie that left me wondering why it was honored the Academy Award winner for best foreign film in that year. Maybe It was worthy for the… More
Mark Abell
A real mixed bag, this film reveals the capricious nature of the Stalin era in the Soviet Union without romanticizing it, but is, like many Russian novels,… More
John Ballantine
Fantastic film of betrayal set during the rise of Stalin. You just know that betrayal in Stalinist Russia isn't going to go very well.