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Our Own (2004)

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It is August 1941. With the battle line far away in the east, three soldiers who have managed to escape from captivity find it difficult to hide: the territory is occupied by the enemy. The... See full summary »

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Political Instructor
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Security Officer
Ben Perino ...
Tank Commander
Mikhail Evlanov ...
Sniper
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Old Man
Natalya Surkova ...
Anna
Anna Mikhalkova ...
Katerina
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Polizmeister
Sergei Dyachkov ...
Clerk at the Headquarters
Aleksandr Polovtsev ...
Major at the Headquarters
Anna Belova ...
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Oksana Glushkova ...
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Yuriy Zaytsev ...
Mishka the Polizei
Sergey Kozik ...
Polizei
Johannes Brand
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It is August 1941. With the battle line far away in the east, three soldiers who have managed to escape from captivity find it difficult to hide: the territory is occupied by the enemy. The local woods are not safe: you can easily get embogged. Are the villagers loyal? Nobody can say. There is an old man who offers to help them. Is he reliable enough? He may kill them or report them to the local German authorities. Anything may happen, but one of them, the sniper, is his son who is his youngest, his dearest. Written by Mark Gubarenko

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11 November 2004 (Russia)  »

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Different type of WWII movie
2 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a WWII movie that deals more with the dilemma many people dealt with who lived in areas like Finland, the Baltics, Poland, the Ukraine, etc. Basically, they found themselves sandwiched between two totalitarian regimes. While some obviously saw the Nazis for what they were, to others, the Nazis where seen as liberators from Stalin's repressions. For instance, if your whole family had either been sent off to the gulags or starved to death due to Stalin's collectivization of agriculture, anybody who would free you from the people who perpetrated that sort of evil had to seem like saviors.

Best I could tell, the movie takes place either in present day Finland or the Karelia region of Russia. One of the characters in the movie is referred to as a Chekist. To those who may not be polished on their early soviet history, the Cheka was the predecessor of the NKVD. Actually by the 40's, the Cheka had already been incorporated into the NKVD. Anyway, this is an important fact to know to understand the relationship between two of the characters in the movie and why they distrust each other.

If you have seen the Finnish film Kukushka and liked it, you will likely also enjoy this film.


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