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East/West (1999)

Est - Ouest (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, History | 5 May 2000 (USA)
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In June 1946, Stalin invites the Russian exiled from the 1917 Revolution to return home. When the ships comes ashore in Odessa, the passengers are divided in two groups and one of them is ... See full summary »


Régis Wargnier


Rustam Ibragimbekov (as Roustam Ibraguimbekov), Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


In June 1946, Stalin invites the Russian exiled from the 1917 Revolution to return home. When the ships comes ashore in Odessa, the passengers are divided in two groups and one of them is executed. Among the survivors are Dr. Aleksei Golovin, his French wife Marie and their young son. Marie is accused to be a spy, her French passport is torn up and Aleksei accepts to move to Kyiv with his family to save her. They are sent to a room in a communal house and soon Marie befriends the super, an old woman who speaks French. But she is denounced and killed by the government agents. Marie feels guilty and brings her grandson Sasha Vasilyev, who will be evicted, to live in her room with her family. Marie wants to return to her family in France, but Aleksei explains that they are imprisoned in Russia. Marie tries a contact with the leftist French actress Gabrielle Develay to ask for help to leave the USSR. While Marie gets distant from her husband, she gets closer to Sacha, who is a great ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Scenes of swimmers' training and competition were shot in the swimming pool of the Central Sports Club of the Armed Forces in Kyiv. See more »


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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A Love Story and a Castigation of Stalinism
11 April 2001 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

In 1946, Stalin invites Russian émigrés to return, in patriotic fervor, to help rebuild from WWII. Unbeknownst to them, all returnees are considered imperialists and spies, and are to be treated accordingly. "East-West" explores this nightmare scenario through the eyes of a family who returned; a Russian doctor, his French wife and their young son. Because of his doctoring skills he is spared the Gulag or execution, but his life in Kiev is certainly not what his wife is used to. The collision of cultures, the hardships, and the Stalinist tyranny all take a deep toll as they struggle to survive and escape.

Dark, and claustrophobic, this is a gripping tale from beginning to end. And it is in the end a great love story, of devotion and sacrifice. At the showing I attended the tears flowed freely in the audience. I recommend it highly.

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Russia | Ukraine | Bulgaria | France | Spain


French | Russian

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Burgas, Bulgaria See more »


Box Office


$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,147, 9 April 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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