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Est - Ouest (1999)

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June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »

Director:

Régis Wargnier

Writers:

Rustam Ibragimbekov (as Roustam Ibraguimbekov), Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Menshikov ... Aleksei Golovin (as Oleg Menchikov)
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Marie, his wife
Catherine Deneuve ... Gabrielle Develay
Sergey Bodrov ... Sasha Vasilyev (as Sergueï Bodrov Jr)
Ruben Tapiero Ruben Tapiero ... Seryozha, age 7
Erwan Baynaud Erwan Baynaud ... Seryozha, age 14
Grigori Manoukov Grigori Manoukov ... Pirogov
Tatyana Dogileva ... Olga (as Tatiana Doguileva)
Bogdan Stupka ... Colonel Boyko
Meglena Karalambova Meglena Karalambova ... Nina Fyodorovna
Atanass Atanassov Atanass Atanassov ... Viktor
Tania Massalitinova Tania Massalitinova ... Anastasia Aleksandrovna
Valentin Ganev ... Volodya Petrov
Nikolai Binev Nikolai Binev ... Sergei Kozlov (as Nikolaï Binev)
René Féret René Féret ... Ambassadeur de France
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Storyline

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) are sent to Kiev. She wants to return to France immediately; he knows that they are captives and must watch every step. By chance, she meets a touring French actress and pleads for help. She also takes a young swimmer under her wing, and several years later, he makes a bold attempt to escape. Meanwhile, the KGB is suspicious, and hope for freedom is dim. Patience, her husband's self control, and her good looks may be their only assets. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Russia | Ukraine | Bulgaria | France | Spain

Language:

French | Russian

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Este/Oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Burgas, Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,147, 9 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,775,520, 1 October 2000
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two main Russian actors (Oleg Menshikov and Sergey Bodrov) do not speak French. They memorized all the lines phonetically. See more »

Goofs

When Marie goes to the KGB building in Kiev and Alexei finds her there, persuading her to leave, the viewer can read a sign on the building that says, in Cyrillic letters, "Ministerstvo na..." This is a Bulgarian genitive construction, meaning "The Ministry of..." The only Slavic languages that show the genitive case in this fashion are Bulgarian and Macedonian. The genitive case is marked differently in Russian and Ukrainian, which shows that the "KGB" building could not actually have been in Kiev. This makes sense because the film was partially shot in Bulgaria. See more »

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Cinematic Gesamtkunskwerk
11 September 2000 | by LiamVSee all my reviews

The cathartic nature of this film was such that found myself unable even to cry until the credits began their long slow march across the screen, and even then getting up out of my seat was not an option. I don't think any other film has made such a profound and immediate impact on me.

Set in the years following Stalin's invitation to former expatriates to return to their native Russia –a call many answered, blissfully unaware of the dire consequences their decision would have- it is filled with the Russian spirit that sees people stubbornly persevering, and touched with the French one that not only looks for escape but insists upon it.

Some films would be rendered incomprehensible simply by the sheer amount of quiet action that here, thankfully, only adds to the audience's investment in the film, without losing focus. It was unquestionably the best film I have seen in recent memory. It is the closest I have ever felt to experiencing a Gesamtkunstwerk in a movie theatre.


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