Genre: drama/ romance
Production director: Regis Wargnier

Writing credits: Rustam Ibragimbekov, Sergei Bodrov, Louis Gardel, Regis Wargnier

Director of photography: Lauran Dayan

General producers: Igor Tolstunov, Ive Marmillon

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menshikov, Sergei Bodrov Jr., Tatyana Dogileva, Catherine Deneuve, Atanass Atanassov, Francois Caron, Valentin Ganev, Bogdan Stupka, Ruben Tapiero, Erwan Baynaud, Meglena Karalambova, Aleksandr Stolyarchuk, Tania Massalitinova and others.

Production: UGC YM- France 3 CINEMA (France), “NTV-PROFIT", GALA FILM (Bulgaria), MATE PRODUCTIONS (Spane)


2000: Nominated Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film France)

2000: Nominated César

Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) Sandrine Bonnare

Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) Regis Wargnier

Best Film (Meilleur film)

Best Music Written for a Film (Meilleure musique) Patrick Doyle

2000: Nominated Golden Globe – Best Foreign Language Film


After World War II, a steamship is taking the Russian émigré Alexei Golovin, his French wife and son back to his mother country, the Soviet Union.

The successful doctor and his wife are full of hope. Like the many other emigrants who left Russia after the 1917 revolution, he is returning not to the country of the Bolsheviks but to the country which has defeated fascism. Attracted by the Stalinist propaganda, emigrants are willing to believe that the repression of the thirties is already history and that now they will be able to live freely in their dear mother country. But the hopes break down at once. From the ship’s gangway, Alexei Golovin and his wife Marie see armed soldiers ready to open fire at any moment...