Within the Whirlwind

Within the Whirlwind

DVD - 2013
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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."--IMDB.

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ms_mustard
Mar 04, 2017

a true story about a communist professor in Russia who falls victim to Stalin's reign of terror. I was surprised to find that women prisoners in Siberia were being treated by a doctor, also a prisoner, and a very nice doctor at that.

a very literary movie - poetry quoted by one and completed by another which proved to be their sanity maintenance and one of many survival skills. a mixture of grit and romance.

by Marleen Gorris, the same Dutch director who made Antonia's Line, one of my favourite movies. Emily Watson was great in the leading role.

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Nov 25, 2016

Based on the writings of Genia Ginzberg, which document her time in the Gulag after being (falsely) arrested by the Stalin government as a Trotsky sympathizer in the early 1930's. Emily Watson plays Ginzberg and her performance is genuine, and heartfelt. An interesting look at the political climate in Stalin's Russian and the forced labour camps or gulags. Ginzberg about her time in the gulag and this movie is based on one of her books. (reminds me of Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn's: A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich.) Very well done movie.

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garycornell
Nov 04, 2016

Moving true account of a Russian Women's Concentration Camp. Marleen Gorris is simply terrific in the leading role. Corinth Films can be counted on for quality productions. A truly memorable film that I am very pleased to recommend to you!

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nora_31
Sep 11, 2016

I tried to like this movie....but it was disjointed. Perhaps it was the casting as well. If other actor/actress cast for some of major roles , this might have brought a truer and more believable representation of the true story film was based on.

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