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Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.


Shamim Sarif


Shamim Sarif (written for the screen by), Shamim Sarif (novel)
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Credited cast:
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katya / Lauren
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Misha
Charles Dance ... Old Alexander
Antje Traue ... Marina
Anthony Head ... Old Misha
Thure Lindhardt ... Dimtri
Amy Nuttall ... Maya
Sam Reid ... Alexander
Jelena Gavrilovic ... Svetlana
Ben Batt ... Oleg
Imogen Daines ... Young Jackie
Milos Timotijevic ... First Man
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Anna
Tamara Krcunovic ... Receptionist
Katarina Gojkovic Katarina Gojkovic ... Katya's Mother


In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Reconciling her passion for him with her beliefs about communism means making the greatest sacrifice - of her life - a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers thirty years later. Written by Enlightenment Productions

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When asked in an interview how she got into character for the two roles of Katya and Lauren, Rebecca Ferguson said that she would listen to music that she thought each character would have listened to. This helped her separate the two roles in her head but she would not disclose what music she used for either character. See more »


1959-1961 Misha was way taller than Alexander (Sasha), but 1992 Alexander (Sasha) had become taller than Misha. See more »


Lauren: Sorry, are you going to interview me about my work, or my family?
Marina: Why not both? How about over dinner? Unless you have someone with you.
Lauren: No, I'm alone. I guess I haven't met the right woman yet.
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A Cold War era film with Cold War spectacles/retrovision
25 January 2017 | by charmamentsSee all my reviews

Now that the Iron Curtain has collapsed and we have access to not only to modern Russia and former Soviet and Bloc countries, but we can now uncover stuff that took place in all those years without any restrictions. Historians even have access to restricted stuff as governments have made a lot of it public.

This film looks like an 80's film that imagines how things were like in the Soviet Union. There are many things about it that show a Western Cold War perspective of life in the Soviet Union, as well as politics and such. It is not well researched, if at all. The same director has a story about two women in a relationship in the apartheid era and another film about a Muslim woman who cancels her wedding because she's in love with another woman. These are her three feature films. I haven't seen the other two, but seeing how clichéd and un-researched Despite the Falling Snow is, I doubt that she spent a lot of time researching Islamic society or apartheid South Africa.

I say "director" when people expect me to say writer, but Sarif is the writer for all her films. This lack of outside input doesn't help.

So many directors spend endless hours researching life in their own country in the 90's and 80's, times when they were around. They put the time and effort to research the language, clothing, technology, etc. This film doesn't waste any time on that. "It's just in the Soviet Union, accept it. It's not accurate, move on. Just look at Ferguson. Isn't she pretty?"

If some actors are type-cast, then Samim is type-directing. Cheesy love story, history as a back drop rather than a setting, very beautiful actresses to distract from the plot. In almost every film that's what people talk about, good and bad reviews, how beautiful the actresses are.

Most people that watch films want a bit more than eye candy.

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1.85 : 1
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