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Burnt By the Sun (Utomlyonnye solntsem)

Rating:R
Genre:Drama
Release Date:May 26, 1995
Running time:134 minutes
Cast:Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, André Oumansky
Director:Nikita Mikhalkov
Writer:Rustam Ibragimbekov

Description: Stalinist Russia, circa 1930, is recreated in this Russian-French film that focuses on a small, elite gathering of family and friends who appreciate the idealism of Stalin's visions because they do not have to experience its darker side of gulags and purges. The story focuses upon a single day in Soviet revolutionary hero Serguei Kotov's life. Kotov lives an idyllic country life with his lovely wife Maroussia, and their feisty daughter Nadia. He is highly respected by the locals. On this day, the Kotovs are visited by the roguishly handsome Dimitri, who was a former lover of Maroussia. Dimitri is on a dark mission that may have profound effects on Kotov's peaceful, happy, and idealistic existence.~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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