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An Ordinary Execution (2010)

Une exécution ordinaire (original title)
Moscow, 1952. Anna is taken to the Kremlin where she has to cure Stanlin himself. She needs to keep the secret at all costs and as her relationship with the URSS leader grows, her couple with Vassilli tumbles.


Marc Dugain


Marc Dugain (novel), Marc Dugain (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Dussollier ... Joseph Staline
Marina Hands ... Anna
Edouard Baer ... Vassilli
Denis Podalydès ... Le concierge
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Le directeur de l'hôpital
Grégory Gadebois ... Le chef de service
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ... Beria
Anne Benoît Anne Benoît ... Alexandra, la mère d'Anna
Marie Payen Marie Payen ... Patiente Anna 1
Amandine Dewasmes Amandine Dewasmes ... Patiente Anna 2
Régis Romele ... Docteur Gregoriev (as Régis Romélé)
Gilles Ségal ... Oncle Anton
Vincent Ozanon Vincent Ozanon ... Milicien 1
Horatiu Bob Horatiu Bob ... Militien 2
Denis Falgoux Denis Falgoux ... Secrétaire Kremlin


Moscow, 1952. Anna is a doctor, Vassilli serves in a local administration. Life is grim but they find solace in unconditional love. One day Anna is taken to the Kremlin where she has to cure Stanlin himself. She needs to keep the secret at all costs and as her relationship with the URSS leader grows, her couple with Vassilli tumbles. Written by leifeng_2003

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In the first scene in the cinema, Stalin is watching The Spoilers (1942). In the second scene in the cinema, all that is seen is the final shot of a film - a title card with the words, "The End" superimposed on a map of Alaska. This would appear to be from "The Spoilers" as this film is set in Alaska. So, with either Stalin was watching same film again or the film-makers twice used clips from the one film to give the impression that he watched many American films. See more »


The film shows a gas stove in the apartment. First gas stoves were released in the USSR by November 7, 1958. In the USSR, the Five-Year Economic Development Plan in the 1966 - 1970 for the first time it has been set targets for housing gasification of the country : to increase the level of gasification of homes in urban areas up to 50 - 55 % and up to 20 to 25% in rural areas. See more »


References The Great Dictator (1940) See more »


Concerto No 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 102
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich (as Dimitri Chostakovich)
Performed by Alexandr Dmitriev (as Alexandre Dmitriev) and Vladimir Krainev, piano
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11 February 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a case. who defines an entire period. a film about Soviet Union under Stalin . and a beautiful introduction to the atmosphere of regime. far to be great, it is one of films who reminds, in correct manner, a great tragedy. ideal for discover the rules, logic and cynicism of Soviet power, for defines a leader who could be hero in some from East Europe regions, for the tension of a fight, for the essence of fear as the most convincing rule, for the image of woman in the heart of dictatorship, for a remarkable portrait of Stalin and for its end who is the definition of an entire process. a film who only suggest the tragedy of Communism. in correct manner, only too cold but useful as point of research about crimes and about high cynicism of a war against yours citizens.

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Release Date:

3 February 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

An Ordinary Execution See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »


Box Office


EUR8,483,818 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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