This movie shows the simplest difference between Europe and former Soviet Union. It is the eponymous 89 mm - Russian train tracks are 89 mm wider than tracks in European countries. And ... See full summary »

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This movie shows the simplest difference between Europe and former Soviet Union. It is the eponymous 89 mm - Russian train tracks are 89 mm wider than tracks in European countries. And because of this fact, it is not easy to go through the Soviet border by train in Brest as the passengers in the film do. Written by Monika Krzyzanowska

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May 1993 (Poland)  »

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14 April 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"89 mm od Europy" or "89mm from Europe" is a Polish/Russian black-and-white documentary short film from almost 25 years ago. It was written and directed by French-born Marcel Lozinski and brought him his only Academy Award nomination. The movie lost out to a civil rights documentary. But back to this one here. It runs for 12 minutes and tells us a bit about trains and differences in terms of railway size. I personally did not find it particularly interesting, not even with the historic context. This one is really only worth checking out for people with lots of interest in railways. Everybody else will not have a good time. Oh yeah, make sure you get subtitles if you decide to watch it. There are parts in several languages in there and you probably don't speak them all. My overall verdict is thumbs-down. I hope Lozinski's other works are superior.


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