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Une exécution ordinaire

2010

Drama / History

6.4

Synopsis

Moscow, 1952. Anna is a doctor, Vassilli serves in a local administration. Life is grim but they find solace in unconditional love. One day Anna is taken to the Kremlin where she has to cure Stanlin himself. She needs to keep the secret at all costs and as her relationship with the URSS leader grows, her couple with Vassilli tumbles.

Director

Marc Dugain

Cast

Edouard Baer
as Vassilli
Denis Podalydès
as Le concierge
André Dussollier
as Joseph Staline

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by searchanddestroy-1 N/A

A disgusting story for a fascinating movie.

I spent more than a hour and a half in a very better way than I could expect. I already knew the topic. In 1953 Russia - Soviet Union - a woman, who is also a scientist's wife, is brought to Stalin himself in order to heal him. Because his usual doctors are all arrested and sent in jail, into the famous and terrific Loubianka. The nearly dying tyrant is more fascinating than we could expect. Andre Dussolier is here absolutely outstanding. I think he gives here his best performance ever. He shows the total perversion and ugliness of the entire soviet system. How human beings were worthless and expendables.

You may feel dizzy and very uncomfortable when you get out of this film.

Edouard Behr plays here a poignant character. He surprised me as well.

Reviewed by jotix100 7 /10

The healer

Anna, a young female urologist working in the Moscow of the 1950s is the object of envy and admiration from her peers. Anna has a gift, which exasperates some of her learned colleagues. She practices a healing techniques, using her hands, something that brings immediate comfort to the pain they are experiencing. Anna is happily married to Vassili, a physicist. The couple has been trying to conceive without positive results. Anna is told by her building's concierge she and Vassili are heard making passionate love, something that disturbs the place of the apartment house.

Stalin, ruling the country with an iron fist, has decreed to get rid of all the Jewish doctors because they are seen as a menace. Unfortunately, he was also dying from a mysterious ailment that obviously had no cure. His only alternative was to summon Anna to practice her kind of healing on him, which produced the desired effect, for he was relieved, at least temporarily of the sessions with the doctor.

To complicate things, Stalin wanted to keep his ailments as a secret. Knowing that Anna was married to Vassili, he wanted to make sure of her loyalty, making her lie to her husband about the times she had to be away. Stalin made sure of sending Vassili away so he could have Anna for himself whenever he needed her professional services. In an unprecedented and unexpected finale, Anna is able to free herself and her husband from Stalin's cruelty.

Marc Dugain, wrote and directed this interesting film which is based on his novel. We are taken inside the Russian leader's private world, something that was guarded with the utmost secrecy. The interiors chosen for the film are always in the dark, something that cinematographer Yves Angelo captures with his camera. The cruel man showed that even as he was dying he would not show any pity for even the ones that were able to ease the pain he was experiencing.

The coup for Mr. Dugain was in the casting. Andre Dussollier plays Joseph Stalin with conviction. The actor transformed himself to give a clear portrait of the powerful man who controlled everything during the years as head of the now defunct Soviet Union. Marina Hands also does a great contribution as Anna. The actress did an excellent job for Mr. Dugain. Edouard Baer plays Vassili and Denis Podalydes is seen as the concierge.

There is a funny reference in the film from one of Stalin's guards who confesses to Anna he has a new grandson. His name: Vladimir Putin!

Reviewed by andrew-mcalpine7 10 /10

A dark drama set in a black period of Russian history

This bitter tale should be shown widely in Russia where there is an increasing tendency for the history of Stalin to be sanitised and his millions of victims forgotten. The Putin regime increasingly hails the Stalinist period as one of heroic rectitude and struggle with few flaws. The intelligent malevolence of the dictator is surperbly displayed as is the corruption which infected his regime. Despite the endemic evil however moral bravery is also on display. Anyone who wants to get a 'feel' for the cruelty and pain of the last days of Stalin's regime should see this film. The backdrop to the film is the so-called doctors plot when the paranoid dictator had sacked not only his physicians but also his long standing body guard. His recruitment of a young female doctor to tend him, whose life is transformed by their relationship, is to my best knowledge fictional, but compellingly plausible.

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