During Stalin's reign of terror, Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor, was sent to 10 years hard labor in a gulag in Siberia. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life.
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.
A collection of alternate takes and deleted material from the Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch-Drunk Love (2002) are compiled and matched with the Jon Brion song "Here We Go" in this ... See full summary »
Paul Thomas Anderson
The film itself is only worth the effort of finding in order to witness the very early brilliance of Ms. Emily Watson. Her role is small but she shines so blindingly that there is clear evidence that we are witnessing something very, very special happen as Watson blooms before our very eyes into the supremely gifted genius who has become recognized as the finest actor of our time. Other actors might be lost within the group of actors in this motion picture but there is something so special about Ms. Watson that she can't begin to contain the stunning gifts bursting forth from within her soul. Each performance recorded in front of the cameras has been breathtakingly magnificent and it is interesting to watch that greatness first explode onto the screen in this early modest effort. Of the film itself there is little to say and it is certainly only the presence of the incomparable Emily Watson that makes it worthy of any note at all. However, Watson alone is reason enough to seek out this film and treat oneself to one of the earliest examples of what was to become the most phenomenal career in cinema history. Critics may not always be kind to every film in which Watson has appeared but they have uniformly raved about her performances without exception. So, even this little noticed motion picture is lifted from obscurity by the mere appearance of this living gem, this national treasure, in an early display of the wondrous gifts of Ms. Emily Watson, actor of beauty, passion, and extraordinary limitless depth and power.
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