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Beyond the steppes

(DVD - 2012 - Polish)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Beyond the steppes-tells the story of a woman's forced journey to the steppes of Central Asia. Nina, a young Polish woman, is deported with her baby by the Soviet Army in 1940, to the deep hostile lands of the USSR. She has to work in a sovkhoz under the control of the Russian political police. When her child becomes ill, she leaves on a search to find medications with a group of Kazakh nomads. The film draws the intimate and personal experience of this woman, as she's forced into exile, struggling against the extreme conditions of this inhuman land.
Statement of Responsibility: a Vanguard release, Need Productions & Lunanime present in co-production with Akson Studio and Bogota Film with the support of Flanders Audiovisual Film Fund and French Belgian Centre for Cinema and the Audiovisual Arts and the Polish Film Institute ; produced by Sergei Azimov ... [et. al.] ; written by Vanja d'Alcantara ; directed by Vanja d'Alcantara
Title: Beyond the steppes
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Vanguard, 2012
Country of Producing Entity: Poland Russia Belgium
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2010
Special features: Trailer
Performers: Agnieszka Grochowska, Aleksandra Justa, Borys Szyc.
Summary: Beyond the steppes-tells the story of a woman's forced journey to the steppes of Central Asia. Nina, a young Polish woman, is deported with her baby by the Soviet Army in 1940, to the deep hostile lands of the USSR. She has to work in a sovkhoz under the control of the Russian political police. When her child becomes ill, she leaves on a search to find medications with a group of Kazakh nomads. The film draws the intimate and personal experience of this woman, as she's forced into exile, struggling against the extreme conditions of this inhuman land.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital, NTSC
DVD
Other Language: Polish or Russian dialogue; English subtitles
Subject Headings: Women Soviet Union Drama Mother and child Soviet Union Drama Deportation Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Topical Term: Women
Mother and child
Deportation
Publisher No: VF1229
Branch Call Number: Pol DVD MOVIE B
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Aug 30, 2014
  • runwayman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reading the above comments, I have to say there were English subtitles on the copy I borrowed from the Vancouver library.

I tried hard to enjoy the movie, but it was always slightly off for me. Perhaps it was lacking the grittiness and needed more realism to fully engage me. Apart from the beautiful scenery of the steppes, the story and the acting could have been much better. Also, the film transfer was pretty terrible, with much waviness to the picture. Still a good watch, though,

Jan 31, 2013
  • ataraxia_8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

no subtitles here either in the Chicago area.

no subtitles on my copy in Hamilton ON, very frustrating.

No, I couldn't bring up any English subtitles either -- no matter how many ways I tried.

This looks like it would be a great movie but I couldn't get the English Subtitles on, even after changing the screen size as the DVD says. My television is not HD, but I have a digital cable box. Would that have anything to do with it?
i'm curious to know if anyone else can get the subtitles turned on!

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