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Est - Ouest (1999)
Serious, complex
11 April 2000
It's good to see a movie that looks in a clear-eyed way, without relativism or equivocating, on the horrors of the Soviet period. It tells a small and ironic story of patriotism and idealism cruelly and almost madly betrayed by paranoia and the power of a totalitarian state to corrupt almost everybody. The movie is about people, not politics, but it is politically compelling nonetheless. If you see this movie, you might find yourself thinking, for example, about the Elian Gonzalez tragedy somewhat differently. You will also find yourself considerably more forgiving of the current Russian turmoil.
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