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Year: 1999
Original Title: Est - Ouest
Length: 121 minutes
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Studios: France 3 Cinema
Age rating: Suitable for 12 years and over

Release Dates

United Kingdom: November 24 2000

United States: April 07 2000


Ranking: 4,296 out of 16,014 movies (up 2387)


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Wonderfully imagined film that follows the plight of a young couple and their child as they choose to go back to the Soviet Union in 1946. At the end of the war, Stalin invited Russians who fled the country to return.The talented young doctor, Alexeï Golovine, accompanied by his French bride, the beautiful Marie, and their son optimistically return to the Soviet Union. Their arrival is a rude one. Interrogations are followed by the grim reality of post-war Soviet Union: shared apartments, suspicious neighbors and lack of privacy. Marie soon starts to rebel against the circumstances, but her husband finds that his talents are needed and appreciated by the authorities so he starts to get ahead. Marie meets up with a touring French actress, and soon faces a terrifying choice: to leave her husband and child for freedom or stay and confront a grim future. Hide full plot... Show full plot


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Cast East-West

Ivan Savov

Ivan Savov

Moyta Petrov