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Within the Whirlwind (2009)

During Stalin's reign of terror, Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor, was sent to 10 years hard labor in a gulag in Siberia. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life.

Director:

Marleen Gorris

Writers:

Nancy Larson (screenplay), Eugenia Ginzburg (autobiography)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Evgenia Ginzburg
Ulrich Tukur ... Dr. Anton Walter
Ian Hart ... Beylin
Benjamin Sadler ... Pavel Aksyonov
Ben Miller ... Krasny
Jimmy Yuill ... Siderov
Pearce Quigley ... Yelvov
Monica Dolan ... Pitkovskaya
Pam Ferris ... Genia's mother
Agata Buzek ... Lena
Lena Stolze ... Greta
Maria Mamona ... Tanya
Beata Fudalej ... Olga
Maria Seweryn ... Zimmermann
Boguslawa Schubert ... Marya
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During Stalin's reign of terror, Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor, was sent to 10 years hard labor in a gulag in Siberia. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life.

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Biography | Drama

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The film is based on the book "Journey into the Whirlwind", Eugenia Ginzburg's critically acclaimed memoir of the 18 years she spent in prisons and labor camps under Stalin's rule. See more »

Connections

Version of The Voyage Into the Whirlpool Has Begun (1974) See more »

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Letter to Stalin
Performed by Agata Buzek
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Gulags in Siberia, the horror!
14 October 2017 | by emailbillphillipsSee all my reviews

Great to find an unknown movie as good as this. Emily Watson rocks. Very important true story of oppression and gulag life in Stalin's Russia. There's a real shortage of honest movies about Russian "crimes against humanity" and this one helps correct that problem.

The origins of the film are very curious, however. It is listed as German/Belgian/Polish. But, the film is done with English actors, is spoken in English, and there is no effort from the actors to attempt a Russian accent in the English dialogue. It's pretty standard in English language films when set in continental Europe to make some effort at the accent of the country a movie is set in. Admittedly, people who really know Russian probably would find the effort irritating, but since most of us don't, the imitation sort of works.

Other than that, this is a "not to be missed movie" that no one ever saw. But, that happens a lot. Some of the best movies never get seen. Go, Batman!


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Country:

Germany | Poland | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2010 (Belgium) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,517
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