In Tranzit (2006)
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Not sure how this got a user score of 35%, this film shows that your enemy is not necessarily your enemy. It is a film about trust and its consequences.
Someone set their romantic drama script in a WWII Soviet prison camp and then remembered at the end that everyone was supposed to die or be emotionally scarred. What a strange movie with a very strong cast.
Based on a true story, "In Tranzit" wastes a unique setting and a good international cast on a nonexistent plot and thinly drawn characters. It is 1946, and in an empty woman's prison camp near Leningrad, a truck arrives carrying what was 53, now 51 male German prisoners of war. Ok, make that a round 50 after one of them is shot by a female prison guard in retaliation for many a Nazi atrocity, including the Siege of Leningrad which lays in many a character's mind, especially Captain Pavlov(John Malkovich) who tells the camp doctor(Vera Farmiga) that they must do with whatever meager supplies they have, and the prisoners should be thankful they are being taken care of by the Soviet Union. As you can see, he prefers the tough approach with his charges, even publicly humiliating Zina(Natalie Press) for fraternizing with the enemy. But are they still the enemy? For the most part, the movie is sympathetic to the men who just want to return home while reminding us that some are also hardcore Nazis guilty of war crimes. However, it goes too far in this direction at times, turning into something of a soap opera when what is needed is a more potent examination of the role reversal, especially with the women holding power over the men for once.
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