In Tranzit (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  5 May 2009 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Flanagan ...
Phillip Azarov ...
Sergei Baryshev ...
Russian Guard 1 (as Sergey Baryshev)
Aleksandr Bolshakov ...
Captain (as Alexander Bolshakov)
Katya Chunkova ...
Andrey Fedortsov ...
Natalya Fisson ...
Tamara (as Natalia Fisson)


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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prisoner | german | night | ss | winter | See All (44) »


From her greatest enemy came her greatest love


Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 May 2009 (USA)  »

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


In the mass shower scene, one of the German P.O.W.s in the back has on black Speedos when they were all supposed to have stripped completely. See more »

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This is a well-acted film, but so depressing!
14 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yikes! Just watched it in Russian. Fortunately I speak enough Russian to understand the voice-over; wish they had kept it in the original English and just added Russian subtitles. Kretschmann, Bruhl, Farmiga and Press all give excellent performances; Evegeny Mironov does the most amazing "silent" performance since his Russian version of Kafka's "Metamorphosis". I have no doubt that anti-German sentiment was running high in 1946 in Leningrad; nevertheless, surely there was some hope or ray of sunshine in all the gloom. I am beginning to understand why this film was not marketed in America. Unless you lived through those times, or are a student of history, the subject matter of this film may not have much appeal. Still, for you history buffs out there, don't miss some fine acting in this film.

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