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Est - Ouest (1999)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, History | 5 May 2000 (USA)
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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

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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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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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A "you must see" movie
11 April 2004 | by ocenkgSee all my reviews

'Est Ouest' is an impressive production based upon the true story of family comprising a Russian émigré husband, French wife and a little boy.In the heyday of Coldwar, Stalin invites all émigrés who left the country in the time of 1917 Civil War.The émigrés are promised a heaven once they promote to the restoration of order and rehabilitation of the war-torn economy.This demand is no surprising in view of the fact that Soviet Russia was the country hit by the war the most in terms of human and material resources. Once euphoric, the returnees find themselves disillusioned by old-fashioned, paranoid and corrupt political and economic fabric.

The story is capturing sometimes thrilling. I have shared the excitement, fear and hope of heroes and heroines vividly. The music of the film pulls you vividly to understand how precious one's freedom can be.Unlike some criticism that the film misdirected reality,I would confidently maintain the belief that the story of the film is only one of the hundreds of tragedies in the Iron Curtain. Stalin's notorious reputation in employing violence and pressure is nothing but a historical truth. Eastern Europe is so beautiful..Kiev and Sofya..I shall never forget the dance scene at the hotel in Sofya. What is also worth-seeing is the entry of heroes to the Greek-Bulgarian boundary on the mountains capped with snow.This is the Balkans.. I must admit that I spent much time in trying to find this film as DVD.Swedem,Norway,Denmark,Germany,Belgium..nowhere..I did not have chance to request it online.I did not have credit cards..:)) Finally,I found it in mega store Virgin( Thanks Virgin)in Paris. I have soundtrack album of this unforgettable film too. If you haven't seen this film yet, you have missed a lot! By watching and- if possible- purchasing this film, you will have done a great contribution to movie industry which suffers from prevalence of crap movies. I am still under the influence of 'Est Ouest'.I hope u shall feel the same..


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