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Respectably put together but inert ...
It's the kind of dud in which the bad decisions pile up as you watch.
So tasteful it's torturous, Despite the Falling Snow is a Cold War espionage thriller for those who like their period-piece action airless and derivative.
Unfortunately, the strong cinematography from David Johnson and costume design by Momirka Bailovic can't overcome a lifeless, poorly structured script from Sarif, based on her own well received novel.
There's not enough time to become the poignant love story it wants to be.
With the action jumping backwards and forwards in time, the plot is not always easy to follow, and a gratuitous lesbian romance does little to disguise the fact that the underlying story has run badly out of steam long before the end.
Despite its best intentions, Shamim Sarif's Cold War spy melodrama wastes star Rebecca Ferguson's talents and charisma.
While it struggles to find rhythm, you can't fault Sarif's ambitions.
A dreary, incompetently plotted and flatly directed Cold War melodrama ...
It is a wearily predictable tale of coincidence and tragedy.
Writer-director Shamim Sarif... is aiming to create a tragic romance out of this intrigue yet misses her target thanks to her contrived plotting and trite dialogue.
So many shivery night-time clinches in Moscow fill Despite the Falling Snow's modest runtime, you wonder what proportion of the budget went on that ever-whirring snow machine.
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