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Lost in Siberia

  • Film

Time Out says

This co-production describes the horrors of Stalin's camps and Arctic gulags in the '40s from the perspective of a British archaeologist falsely arrested for spying. Andrei Miller, a Brit of Russian grandparentage, is pulled off his dig and cattle-trucked to Siberia, where an escape attempt adds 25 years to his sentence. Living down in life's base camp, his identity stripped to bare bone, he finds only love and friendship can save the spirit. This is basically a journey-through-hell movie, with scenes of Doré-like torment, dehumanising injustice, hunger, privation and terror. Most harrowing is the depiction of violence among prisoners. Here the film's style veers closer at times to the visceral expressionism of Alan Parker's Midnight Express than, say, to that of Caspar Wrede's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; what holds it back is the acrid whiff of authenticity. Despite the excesses, it's an impressive effort, with a strong, committed performance from Andrews as Miller.
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Release Details

  • Duration:108 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alexander Mitta
  • Screenwriter:Alexander Mitta, Valery Fried, Yuri Korotkov, James Brabazon
  • Cast:
    • Anthony Andrews
    • Yelena Mayorova
    • Vladimir Ilyin
    • Ira Mikhalyova
    • Yevgeni Mironov
    • Alexei Zharkov
    • Hark Bohm
    • Nicolas Chagrin
    • Elena Secota
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