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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.

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Marleen Gorris

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
Ian Hart ... Beylin
Pam Ferris ... Genia's mother
Emily Watson ... Evgenia Ginzburg
Ben Miller ... Krasny
Monica Dolan ... Pitkowskaya
Agata Buzek ... Lena
Pearce Quigley ... Yelvov
Jimmy Yuill ... Siderov
Ulrich Tukur ... Dr. Anton Walter
Benjamin Sadler ... Pavel
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Greta
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Guard
Agnieszka Mandat ... Woman in Train (as Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka)
Krzysztof Globisz ... Timoszkin
Lukasz Garlicki ... Piotr
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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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Germany | Poland | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2010 (Belgium) See more »

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Dans la tourmente See more »

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

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Gripping as well as Educational
16 April 2019 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

It's only recently through films like Within the Whirlwind that I've come to understand how Stalin and Hitler were two sides of the same coin. While Hitler's torturous siege of Europe was destroying millions of lives, Stalin was doing the same in Russia and its soviet countries. Within the Whirlwind is a portrayal of one woman's experience of being scapegoated and punished for alleged "crimes" she didn't do. Watching the Russian party bosses attempt to destroy Genia Ginzburg's sanity and ultimately her life, one gains insight into what millions of Eastern Europeans and Russians, who weren't brought to German concentration camps, were stuck in the Russian equivalent. Ginzburg's story, which includes despair ultimately challenged by love, is compelling and uplifting. Emily Watson's portrayal of Ginsburg is brilliant. Overall, an important film to see.


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