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East/West (1999)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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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

Oct 3, 2000

Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (11) | DVD (5)

Offering fine, if not the most eye-pleasing, production values and convincing acting, East-West and its important theme deserve attention.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A true story that reminds us what we so easily forget - to cherish the freedom that enables our souls to bloom and to flourish.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The horrifying historical background has been transformed into a conventional melodrama, and much of it has a bogus feel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Too often murky and with too many characters, the film works best when the director focuses attention firmly on the leads and their actions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

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