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In Tranzit (2008)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 May 2009 (USA)
In 1946, a group of German POWs are mistakenly sent to a Soviet female transit prison camp and must cope with the hostility of the Soviet female inmates and guards, under the orders of cruel camp commander Pavlov.

Director:

Tom Roberts

Writers:

Natalia Nightingale-Grey (as Natalia Portnova), Simon van der Borgh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Natalia
Thomas Kretschmann ... Max
John Malkovich ... Pavlov
Daniel Brühl ... Klaus
Natalie Press ... Zina
Patrick Kennedy ... Peter
John Lynch ... Yakov
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ... Hans
Phillip Azarov Phillip Azarov ... Ivan
Sergei Baryshev Sergei Baryshev ... Russian Guard 1 (as Sergey Baryshev)
Aleksandr Bolshakov Aleksandr Bolshakov ... Captain (as Alexander Bolshakov)
Katya Chunkova Katya Chunkova ... Nina
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Vera
Andrey Fedortsov ... Anton
Natalya Fisson Natalya Fisson ... Tamara (as Natalia Fisson)
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Storyline

In the winter of 1946, in Leningrad, a group of German prisoners of war are sent to a female transit camp by the cruel Russian Commander Pavlov. When they arrive, the Russian female soldiers show the hostility to the enemies that have killed their husbands, families and friends; only Dr. Natalia and the cook treat the prisoners with dignity. Natalia has an agreement with Commander Pavlov to keep her former lover, who was wounded on the head during the war and is slow, in the camp instead of sending him to an institution in Siberia. Pavlov assigns Natalia to disclose members of the SS infiltrated in the group of prisoners. Natalia and the prisoner Max feel a great attraction for each other while the prisoner Klaus tries to convince Max to denounce a couple of prisoners to satisfy the Russian. Natalia convinces the businessman Yakov to organize an orchestra with the prisoners; they are invited to play in a ball, where the lonely women that survived the war dance with the Germans. After ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From her greatest enemy came her greatest love

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Russia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Tranzit See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was not subject to theatrical release and it was distributed straight to DVD in several countries. See more »

Goofs

When Soviet NKVD Colonel Pavlov explains to the German POWs that he's after former SS members hiding among regular German Army soldiers he mentions the war crimes committed by the 8th SS division in the Leningrad area during 1941. Pavlov also mentions the name of Heinrich Lombard, former commanding officer of the 8th SS division (00:27:48). However, the 8th SS division wasn't formed before 1942. During its existence this SS unit never undertook operations in the Leningrad area. Moreover, the 8th SS division, initially named SS Cavalry Brigade and later re-named the 8th SS division "Florian Geyer", never had any commanding officer by the name of Heinrich Lombard. The first commanding officer of the 8th SS division was Gustav Lombard. See more »

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This is a well-acted film, but so depressing!
14 June 2008 | by manya7-1See all my reviews

Yikes! Just watched it in Russian. Fortunately I speak enough Russian to understand the voice-over; wish they had kept it in the original English and just added Russian subtitles. Kretschmann, Bruhl, Farmiga and Press all give excellent performances; Evegeny Mironov does the most amazing "silent" performance since his Russian version of Kafka's "Metamorphosis". I have no doubt that anti-German sentiment was running high in 1946 in Leningrad; nevertheless, surely there was some hope or ray of sunshine in all the gloom. I am beginning to understand why this film was not marketed in America. Unless you lived through those times, or are a student of history, the subject matter of this film may not have much appeal. Still, for you history buffs out there, don't miss some fine acting in this film.


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