Watch: Despite the Falling Snow 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: New York, 1961. Alexander Ivanov, a high-ranked Soviet bureaucrat, reluctantly defects to the West while is part of a diplomatic mission, feeling the grief of being unable to know the fate of his wife Katya, whom he has had to leave behind in Moscow. Only many years later, in 1991, he will finally find out the truth when his niece Lauren travels to Moscow to participate in a painting exhibition.
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Half-decent lost love story set in the USSR
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.
Another example of “branchy cranberry plant”
The expression “branchy cranberry” like in “having a nap under a branchy cranberry-plant” is the one used to describe stereotyped Russian things. Fiddler music at a house party in Moscow in 1959, seriously?! “Can I get you a drink?” – this is a Russian party, this is not an American bar, nobody would word it like this! Katya’s parents – “dissidents”? The term “dissident’ was used in the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death (1953), NOT in the 40-s when Katya was 11 – nobody would refer to the victims of Stalin’s repressions as dissidents. And the list goes on and on and on. Always makes me wonder why film-makes ignore ‘small things’ – it is small things that create authenticity – or not.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Romance
Director Shamim Sarif
Writer Shamim Sarif
Actors Sam Reid, Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance
Country United Kingdom, Canada
Awards 12 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A