Despite the Falling Snow

2016

Action / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller

48
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 9% · 22 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47% · 250 ratings
IMDb Rating 5.8/10 10 3595 3.6K

Director

Top cast

Rebecca Ferguson as Katya / Lauren
Sam Reid as Alexander
Charles Dance as Old Alexander
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
687.67 MB
1280*694
English 2.0
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 3
1.43 GB
1920*1040
English 2.0
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by clanciai 8 / 10

Lovers getting shattered by the Cold War

Optimal cinematography, great acting, especially by Charles Dance and Anthony Head, fascinating and gripping story, fine moods well captured, everything is almost perfect, so what's wrong then? It deals with events of around 1960 and 1990, during the Cold War and during the Glasnost period after the fall of the Iron Curtain, but all that seems very far away today, and the film makes an outdated impression. To make it worse, this great and very emotional love story falls into the trap of turning into a sob story. Rebecca Ferguson keeps up a stiff upper lip all the way, she doesn't lose her face but sticks to the point with admirable consistency, but Sam Reid hopelessly falls out from any credibility by over-acting and almost making a fool of himself from the beginning, so one has to wonder how Rebecca could fall in love with him. The mood is dark and very Russian all the way, the Moscow scenery is quite convincing although the film was shot in Belgrade and London studios, the musical scenes are quite genuine from the Russian joints, and formally there is nothing wrong here. Only the sentimentality feels exaggerated, over-stressed and out of place, while only Anthony Head provides some realistic counterpoise to it.

Reviewed by darkdementress 3 / 10

Not the worst movie I've ever seen

This movie has a really good cast but somehow it turns out to be acting that's worse than a college production and a script that was written by a 90 year old. Zzzzzz. Really slow, quite boring, full of stupid sexist cliches. Switching between past and present is awful. Also, they couldn't afford Ryan Gosling, so discount Ryan Gosling!

Reviewed by lavatch 8 / 10

A Human Face is Placed on the Cold War

This drama combined Cold War intrigue with romance, as it toggles back and forth between the height of the conflict in 1959 and the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992.

The central image for the film is a stunning work of art that is the centerpiece of an exhibit by artist Lauren Grinkova. A series of strips combine to form the luminous face of the artist's aunt, Katya "Katusha" Grinkova, a Soviet spy funneling state secrets to the Americans.

Katusha married Alexander "Sasha" Ivanov, a top official in the Soviet Foreign Ministry. The marriage was based on love, and Katusha stopped the spying once she was married. But she was blackmailed by Misha, another spy who was caught by the KGB. Misha holds the key to understanding how Katusha was sold out and what became of her.

The screenplay becomes overly involved with a subplot between the artist Lauren and a journalist, whose father was caught up in the complex defection of Sasha. The loose ends of this convoluted narrative were never quite completely tied up.

Still, the film is successful in juggling the parallel time frames. But, above all, it succeeds in conveying the collateral damage that occurred during the long struggle of the two superpowers. In this case, a human face conveyed the tragedy of this long, futile, and destructive conflict.

Artists can often offer a greater feeling for calamity than words can express. Such is the case of Lauren's unforgettable art work that memorializes Katya "Katusha" Grinkova.

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