Beyond the Steppes

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A desperate Polish mother risks her own life to save her infant son from dying of Dysentery while being forced to labor in a Sovkhoz work camp under the surveillance of Russian soldiers who will kill her should she attempt to escape, and seek the help of a doctor. Shortly after her husband Roman (Borys Szyc), an officer in the Polish Army, departs to fight on the front lines of World War II, young mother Nina (Agnieszka Grochowska) and her infant son are forced from their home by Russian soldiers, and escorted into the barren, infinite plains of Siberia. There, under the watch of cold and callous soldiers, Nina and the rest of the prisoners are forced to perform backbreaking manual labor. When her child falls ill and her captors refuse to provide him treatment, Nina makes a daring escape, placing her son's life in the hands of Kazakh nomads, and refusing to give up hope that he will survive their harrowing ordeal.

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This is a good film. I actually liked its simplicity most of all, the story is focused and the fact that the film doesn't try to go too over-the-top with the drama, when it really could have, and most other films WOULD have, since the more dramatic moments end up feeling more powerful. They don't beat you over the head with the drama and that's really rewarding as a viewer, it doesn't come across as pandering. The film is also gorgeous to look at, the cinematography is just outstanding. The acting is strong, Agnieszka Grochowska does a great job at selling the desperation she feels to get her son the medicine he needs, but, again, she doesn't overact and her performance is very believable. I actually liked it more than the rating implies, but at the same time I don't feel as comfortable giving it 4 stars, for some reason or another. Still a really good film that tells the heartbreaking story of this mother trying to do everything she can for her sick son with some great acting and breathtaking visuals.

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