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Year: 1998
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Julia Ormond, Oleg Menshikov, Richard Harris, Aleksei Petrenko, Vladimir Ilijn, Aleksandr Yakovlev, Marat Basharov, Daniel Olbrychski, Anna Mikhalkova, Robert Hardy, Nikita Mikhalkov, Isabelle Renauld, Yevgeni Steblov, Yevgeni Steblov, Mac McDonald, Marina Neyolova, Elizabeth Spriggs
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Countries: France / Russia / Italy / Czech Republic
Languages: Korean / Russian (English subtitles)
UK: 177 mins
UK Certificate: 12 for one moderate sex scene and references to child abuse
UK Release Date: 9 June 2000


Jane Callahan (Julia Ormond) a once beautiful American writes to her son, a cadet at a famous military academy, but who is he ? Her memories take us back 20 years to when she arrived in Russia to assist Douglas McCracken (Richard Harris), an obsessive engineer who needs the Grand Duke's patronage to sponsor his invention, a massive machine to harvest the forests of Siberia. On her travels, she meets two men who will change her life forever. A handsome young Andrey Tolstoy (Oleg Menshikov) with whom she shares a fondness of opera, and the powerful General Radlov (Alexey Petrenko) who is entranced by her beauty and wants to marry her. Tolstoy and Radlov vie for the love of the woman with whom they are obsessed. She confides a deep secret to Tolstoy, promises to marry him, and together they spend a passionate night of love. But later he overhears Jane denying her interest in him to the General. Distraught, Tolstoy attacks the General who arrests his young rival on false charges and banishes him to Siberia.

Jane never gives up hope of finding Tolstoy, her true love. Years later, although by now married to McCracken, she returns to Russia to discover where he lives in Siberia. She goes to his home, a barber's shop, where she finds a spirit and happiness that leave her with the knowledge that the one thing she still has is her secret, which will forever tie her and her son to the huge mysterious country.

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