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Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.


Shamim Sarif


Shamim Sarif (written for the screen by)
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katya / Lauren
Charles Dance ... Old Alexander
Antje Traue ... Marina
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Misha
Anthony Head ... Old Misha
Thure Lindhardt ... Dimtri
Sam Reid ... Alexander
Amy Nuttall ... Maya
Jelena Gavrilovic ... Svetlana
Ben Batt ... Oleg
Milos Timotijevic ... First Man
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Anna
Tamara Krcunovic ... Receptionist
Imogen Daines ... Young Jackie
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... Nadia


In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Reconciling her passion for him with her beliefs about communism means making the greatest sacrifice - of her life - a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers thirty years later. Written by Enlightenment Productions

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando cae la Nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story of this movie is the book "Before Snow Falls" written by Leyla in "I Can't Think Straight". See more »


1959-1961 Misha was way taller than Alexander (Sasha), but 1992 Alexander (Sasha) had become taller than Misha. See more »


Lauren: Sorry, are you going to interview me about my work, or my family?
Marina: Why not both? How about over dinner? Unless you have someone with you.
Lauren: No, I'm alone. I guess I haven't met the right woman yet.
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4/10. This is not my rating. This is what this film deserves.
19 December 2016 | by thenightmaremanagerSee all my reviews

When you're cooking and you use ingredients that are 4/10 in quality/freshness, make a 4/10 recipe and put 4/10 effort to details, temperature, timing, etc, you get something that is at best 4/10. You don't need to ask the taster "How would you rate this?" because as a chef, what do you expect?

This is not a commentary on the mediocre Russian cuisine using Soviet era ingredients, but is this production company under embargo or something that they have to do with rations? Could they not have a better script?

Oh wait, the director decided to write her own script, not ask anyone for assistance, and direct everything herself. If your script is good, find a good director to make it. If you're a good director, find a good script to make into film. Very, very few people can do both. The problem is many, many people think they can.

The problem is that a weak director could ruin their own top-notch self- written script with mediocre direction. And a poor self-written script could ruin a great director's film by not getting any scrutiny or passing any filters from idea to finished film.

Let's talk positives first. The soundtrack: 10/10. This is perhaps the best score I've ever heard in my life.

Rebecca Ferguson is one of the most beautiful women to grace the screen and she's exceptionally talented, but eye-candy and great soundtrack do not a great film make.

The other actors were good for what it's worth.

The script, the story, the dialogues, the whole thing is a huge let down. I was looking forward to this film and I can't recommend it to anyone.

It's just not worth watching.

Buy the soundtrack though.

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