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Great historical film and acting by the beautiful Yuliya Peresild.
In 1941, Lyudmila Pavlichenko (Yulia Peresild) is a student who has just gotten into university; to celebrate, she goes to a shooting range with her friends including a classmate named Masha, doing exceptionally well despite never have shot before. At home, her father shows no pride in her, having desired a son who could become a soldier. In a twist of events, her perfect shooting results at the range eventually result in the military contacting her for a sharpshooting program, as Germany has just invaded the Soviet Union. Though a doctor courting her, Boris, tells her she should stay with him, she rejects what she perceives as cowardice and leaves to fight on the Eastern Front. During training, Lyudmila is shown as an excellent marksman and she becomes a sniper in the 25th Rifle Division, and eventually is partnered with a grizzled veteran named Makarov, who she falls in love with. He doesn't return her affections, however, and explains that he had lost his wife and family when the Germans invaded. She is also reunited with Masha, who is now a nurse engaged with a young pilot. During battle defending the city of Odessa, she is injured and Makarov drags her to safety to a local hospital, where Boris has volunteered as a military doctor. After awakening, Lyudmila manages to get Boris to sign her papers so that she can return to the frontlines, but finds out that Makarov has died in battle and the Soviets are retreating to Sevastopol...
"Battle for Sevastopol" is a russian war movie with an interesting focus on Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko[a] (12 July 1916 - 10 October 1974) who was a Red Army Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 309 kills. She is regarded as one of the top military snipers of all time and the most successful female sniper in history. Yes, this is of course a film that shows Mother Russia in a more favorable point of view and forgets to tell the tale of all the atrocities Russia commited during WWII, both within and outside of Russia. The movie had obviously a big budget, but then it´s a shame that the direction and acting is a bit wobbly at times and the film suffers from an over-the-top dramatic structure. However, Yulia Peresild who plays Lyudmila is great throughout the film and she really has something extra in her aura and looks. But, with that said Lyudmila is as well a not very sympathetic person which creates a more "difficult" film to get emotionally attached to. Personally I thought the second half was better then the first half.
Trivia: Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Pavlichenko was born on July 11, 1916, in Belaya Tserkov, Vasilkovskiy uezd, Kievskaya guberniya, Russian Empire [now Bila Tserkva, Kyyivska oblast, Ukraine]. She died on October 27, 1974, at the age of 58, in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]. The total of her confirmed kills during World War II was 309, including 36 enemy snipers.
In late 1942, Pavlichenko was sent to Canada and the United States for a publicity visit and became the first Soviet citizen to be received by a US President when Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomed her to the White House.
I had no idea what I was getting into. This is an excellent film about a truly remarkable woman. It is beautifully shot and the acting is first rate. I want to see more of Yulia Peresild. She is outstanding.
Sprawling Ukrainian film of the highest Hollywood cinematic standards with incredible war scenes reminiscent of Enemy at the Gates.
Sprawling because so many people and so many scenes just appear and disappear during the characters story.
Cinematic because of the great special effects and shot making.
Confused because of the plethora of pointless scenes and character extras.
Long winded because much of it is superfluous and doesn't add to the film.
It does what all Russian films do. Glorifies war. Germans are humanless entities to be shot and killed.
Pathetic scenes which cut in every now and again of the character in Chicago ad Eleanor Roosevelts best friend. (Begging for a second front).
If this film had been more focused and less is more, it would have been a very good film. As it is a very good film if you have a fast forward button.
A lot of elements mixed into one, that you can't quite place the point of the movie. Although, I think it's about how a woman had to handle fame, and the pressure of being a woman in a large conflict. The CGI wasn't anything spectacular, but the story was captivating atleast. The intense emotional backdrop is interesting, in a story, that for the most part, happened.
Thought it was wonderful.
Can't understand the low rating ... film was fantastic, as was Yulia Peresid in her role as Lyudvila Belova Pavlichenko. The music is also wonderful ...including the folk song "The Cuckoo" sung by Polina Gargarina.
Those dam building fascists. A lot of money was spent unnecessarily on this production. And CGI and stunning gore does not always make for a good movie. It did have some interesting narrative, but it fell short with its telling. The cliches distracted later on.
The first 30 minutes movie was actually pretty good. But then the movie transformed into romantic drama with war moving into background. Lady Death's romance took up about 60% of the movie, with 20% being war and 20% being her time in the U.S. Why not take the opportunity to focus on her time as a soldier, rather than her time as a "woman"? The movie fell well short of its potential and I would not recommend the movie.
This movie is just too disjoint. Flashbacks are just fine, but this movie appears to be completely flashback/remembrances. I also was struck in that there was a lack of intensity in a very intense subject: The Russian Front during World War 2. How warfare interfaced with Russian culture of that period is something that should have been clear. Of course, there was the usual lovers triangle...