In 1946, a group of German POWs are mistakenly sent to a Soviet female transit prison camp and must cope with the hostility of the Soviet female inmates and guards, under the orders of cruel camp commander Pavlov.

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Hans
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Ivan
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In the winter of 1946, in Leningrad, a group of German prisoners of war are sent to a female transit camp by the cruel Russian Commander Pavlov. When they arrive, the Russian female soldiers show the hostility to the enemies that have killed their husbands, families and friends; only Dr. Natalia and the cook treat the prisoners with dignity. Natalia has an agreement with Commander Pavlov to keep her former lover, who was wounded on the head during the war and is slow, in the camp instead of sending him to an institution in Siberia. Pavlov assigns Natalia to disclose members of the SS infiltrated in the group of prisoners. Natalia and the prisoner Max feel a great attraction for each other while the prisoner Klaus tries to convince Max to denounce a couple of prisoners to satisfy the Russian. Natalia convinces the businessman Yakov to organize an orchestra with the prisoners; they are invited to play in a ball, where the lonely women that survived the war dance with the Germans. After ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The film was not subject to theatrical release and it was distributed straight to DVD in several countries. See more »

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When Soviet NKVD Colonel Pavlov explains to the German POWs that he's after former SS members hiding among regular German Army soldiers he mentions the war crimes committed by the 8th SS division in the Leningrad area during 1941. Pavlov also mentions the name of Heinrich Lombard,former commanding officer of the 8th SS division(00:27:48).However,the 8th SS division wasn't formed before 1942.During its existence this SS unit never undertook operations in the Leningrad area.Moreover,the 8th SS division,initially named SS Cavalry Brigade and later re-named the 8th SS division "Florian Geyer",never had any commanding officer by the name of Heinrich Lombard.The first commanding officer of the 8th SS division was Gustav Lombard. See more »

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Remember, Max, I know who you are and what you did.
22 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is supposedly based upon a true story. maybe the part that is true is that the Russians didn't have enough space for all their prisoners, and just dumped four dozen in a lightly staffed women's prison.

Starring Thomas Kretschmann, who managed six roles in 2008 including Wanted and Valkyrie in addition to this one. Also featuring Vera Farmiga (The Departed), who only had four roles in 2008, including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. She has a deal with the prison Commandant, played by John Malkovich, to protect her lover from being sent to the front. Also along is Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum, 2 Days in Paris, Joyeux Noël), always a welcome addition.

It was definitely a dark and depressing film, made the more so by the constant snow. There are some SS Officers in the mix and Pavlov (Malkovich) is determined to root them out and hang them. He enlists Natalia (Farmiga) for this task. Malkovich was born for roles like this.

It is strange the the women who hated the prisoners in the beginning for killing their families manage to find forgiveness at the end so they can have sex.

It was the acting, not the script that made this worthwhile.


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