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Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

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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)
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katya / Lauren
Antje Traue ... Marina
Charles Dance ... Old Alexander
Anthony Head ... Old Misha
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Misha
Thure Lindhardt ... Dimtri
Sam Reid ... Alexander
Amy Nuttall ... Maya
Ben Batt ... Oleg
Jelena Gavrilovic Jelena Gavrilovic ... Svetlana
Milos Timotijevic ... First Man
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Anna
Imogen Daines ... Young Jackie
Zoran Pajic Zoran Pajic ... Jeans Man 1
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... Nadia


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando cae la nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The end credits song is "Now That You Love Me Again" by Ella Henderson which is currently, unfortunately unavailable to buy. See more »


At the party in the opening sequence the American flag hangs with the field in the upper right corner. Flag etiquette requires that it have the field in the upper left corner. This should be known by a government agency. See more »


Alexander: It was my father, he started me on my career.
Katya: And how would you find your passion in life if you are following your gather's dream?
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Half-decent lost love story set in the USSR
8 October 2018 | by ian-warnckenSee all my reviews

Just watched this movie having previously read the plot online and been semi-excited to watch it. On the whole however I have to say I was left a little bit disappointed.

I've always been fascinated by life in the Soviet Union both during and after WWII and both during the Stalin and post-Stalin worlds, so anything set then is of interest to me.

Things I struggled with however were in the 90's part of the film, who Rebecca Ferguson was playing (I have since gather it's the main character's niece, but as you never see his sister this didn't make much sense) and secondly the lesbian-love angle between the niece the and journalist seems very unlikely to me to be credible. That in particular seemed more of an attempt to place modern values upon the past which is never something I am keen on in a movie.

The plot itself jumps around a bit through the timelines but you can kind of follow it and the ending I thought made the whole thing semi-worthwhile. It's just the middle section of the movie I thought was a bit weak.

On the whole though I think it's worth a watch, but wasn't one where I would ever be likely to want to watch it again.

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