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East West [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menchikov, Catherine Deneuve, Sergei Bodrov Jr, Ruben Tapiero
  • Directors: Regis Wargnier
  • Producers: Yves Marmion
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000083EGP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,992 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In the years following World War Two, Alexi (Oleg Menchikov) and Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire), two Russians living In France, decide to accept Stalin's offer of amnesty and return to their homeland. But shortly after arriving in Odessa, they see their friends imprisoned and executed, and are themselves detained by force. They soon realise they have been tricked into taking part in a deception, and begin making plans to escape.

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East West is, fortunately, more than the colour-by-numbers melodrama that the packaging makes it seem. On the cover, a pair of haunted eyes gaze into the middle distance above a superb example of that absurd movie poster copywriting that reads much the same wherever you put the nouns: "In a land without freedom, escape was her only hope", which is hardly more meaningful than, say, "In a land without hope, freedom was her only escape". East West deserves better.

A French-Russian production, the film tells the story of a Russian doctor, his French wife and their child. In 1946 they accept Stalin's invitation to exiled Russians to return to the motherland and help rebuild the country; swiftly they discover that the reality doesn't quite match the advertising. The film follows the stresses the situation places on the central couple's marriage and focuses on the wife's dreams of escape, which revolve around an intervention by a grand dame of French theatre (played, appropriately, by Catherine Deneuve). East West suffers slightly from several disorientating lurches forward in time, but is otherwise a superior thriller and a convincing period piece.

On the DVD: East West offers two different trailers, filmographies of the stars and director and scene selection. The film is in French with English subtitles. –-Andrew Muller


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