East-West Review

Nov 04, 2008 | 12:48pm EST

Worried about French spies the Soviets are immediately suspicious of the wife whose life is quickly put in danger. Soon every day is a hard-fought battle for freedom.

Sandrine Bonnaire who is captivating as the wife Marie exceptionally matches Oleg Menshikov's cool detachment as Alexei the doctor. As a young swimmer

smitten with Marie Sergei Bodrov somehow manages to muster sensitivity despite being filled with an overwhelming sense of hatred.

Regis Warnier leads this flock of talent like a brilliant orchestra conductor with judgment that is strong poignant and gentle.

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