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Burnt by the Sun (1994)



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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. Dimitri is on a dark mission that may have profound effects on Kotov's peaceful, happy, and idealistic existence. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rustam Ibragimbekov, Nikita Mikhalkov
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Nikita Mikhalkov
as Kotov, Sergei Kotov
Alla A. Kazanskaya
as Lidiia Stepanovna
Nina Arkhipova
as Elena Mikhailovna
Inna Ulyanova
as Olga Nikolaevna
Vladimir Riabov
as NKVD Officer
Yevgeny Mironov
as Lieutenant
Inna Ulianova
as Olga Nikolaevna
Alla Kazanskaia
as Lidiia Stepanovna
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Critic Reviews for Burnt by the Sun

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

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.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 21, 1994
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Burnt by the Sun


charming and horrifying

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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, terribly over-populated. The first half hour to forty-five minutes, we are introduced to the large clan that lives in the dacha of retired hero of the revolution, Col. Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov, who also directed) and some few guests. Some of the characters serve important roles later on in the film, but most serve as background to the main story. Initially, this viewer was quite confused trying to figure out who all these people were and how they were related. However, the rest of the film quite clearly set us up for the chilling, violent conclusion. The scenery was bucolic, and there was a liberal dose of humor to go with the inevitable tragedy. If one can make it through the whirlwind of character introductions, there is a reward for patience.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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