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Despite the Falling Snow

Despite the Falling Snow

You can betray your country but not your heart.Jan. 29, 2016 UK113 Min.PG-13
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Shamim Sarif



In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him. Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, The White Queen), is young, beautiful – and a spy for the Americans. When she and Mischa (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Emerald City), begin spying on Alexander ( Sam Reid, Anonymous), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander (Charles Dance, The Imitation Game) can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most.

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Original titleDespite the Falling Snow
IMDb Rating5.6 1,102 votes
TMDb Rating4.6 12 votes

(6) comments

  • Gordon-11May 29, 2016Reply

    An unexpected surprise

    This film tells the story of three soviet spies, who smuggle secrets
    out to the Americans. They have a complicated love triangle, which is
    further complicated by one of them defecting to America.

    It tells a story that spans two generations and two countries,
    involving love, idealism, regret, healing and many life and death
    decisions. The story is not strictly chronological, as it reveals bits
    of the story when appropriate, creating suspense and making me look
    forward to see how the plot will unfold. It is a story that tells how
    tragic societal circumstances tear lives apart, and its effects ripple
    across time and space. I certainly did not expect ”Despite the Falling
    Snow” to be so gripping and so touching.

  • venisefilliesJune 6, 2016Reply


    I am surprised this film has an average rating since the acting is
    great. Rebecca Ferguson is her beautiful talented self again and her
    versatility is once again displayed. Sharif did a great job casting and
    directing her as lead. I want to thank Shamim for the little but
    breathtaking scenes between Rebecca and Antje it was fireworks. I mean
    who can resist such striking blue eyes. I would’ve liked more scenes
    between them because their characters are not as developed although
    understandably so of course. I like films about war and I am a sucker
    for romance so I get two things I like in one film. Antje’s eyes will
    get her anywhere and of course her talent and if you’re a fan of
    Rebecca and Sharif then you have to see this film. Loved it so much.

  • newjersianJune 7, 2016Reply

    A laughable movie

    Maybe for a western movie goer who doesn’t know the realities of the
    former Soviet Union that soap opera is watchable. But for people who
    came from behind the iron curtain this movie looks like a good parody.
    In every detail: clothes, make ups, looks of the soviet streets and
    people,the shown events everything is unbelievably wrong.It always
    makes you wonder on why the film makers spent millions on producing
    such a movie, but couldn’t they hire a consultant? The mistakes they
    made are so plentiful that, where I should’ve cried for a beautiful
    Katya, I couldn’t hold my giggles. Unfortunately, that movie was dubbed
    in Russian language and shown there in many movie theaters. I can only
    imagine with what epithets the Russian viewers commented the film. Many
    times I read in the Russian newspapers that Americans are stupid. And
    what can they think after watching that rubbish?

  • thenightmaremanagerDecember 19, 2016Reply

    4/10. This is not my rating. This is what this film deserves.

    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

    It’s just not worth watching.

    Buy the soundtrack though.

  • Sandra MilnerJanuary 25, 2017Reply

    A Cold War era film with Cold War spectacles/retrovision

    Now that the Iron Curtain has collapsed and we have access to not only
    to modern Russia and former Soviet and Bloc countries, but we can now
    uncover stuff that took place in all those years without any
    restrictions. Historians even have access to restricted stuff as
    governments have made a lot of it public.

    This film looks like an 80’s film that imagines how things were like in
    the Soviet Union. There are many things about it that show a Western
    Cold War perspective of life in the Soviet Union, as well as politics
    and such. It is not well researched, if at all. The same director has a
    story about two women in a relationship in the apartheid era and
    another film about a Muslim woman who cancels her wedding because she’s
    in love with another woman. These are her three feature films. I
    haven’t seen the other two, but seeing how clichéd and un-researched
    Despite the Falling Snow is, I doubt that she spent a lot of time
    researching Islamic society or apartheid South Africa.

    I say ”director” when people expect me to say writer, but Sarif is the
    writer for all her films. This lack of outside input doesn’t help.

    So many directors spend endless hours researching life in their own
    country in the 90’s and 80’s, times when they were around. They put the
    time and effort to research the language, clothing, technology, etc.
    This film doesn’t waste any time on that. ”It’s just in the Soviet
    Union, accept it. It’s not accurate, move on. Just look at Ferguson.
    Isn’t she pretty?”

    If some actors are type-cast, then Samim is type-directing. Cheesy love
    story, history as a back drop rather than a setting, very beautiful
    actresses to distract from the plot. In almost every film that’s what
    people talk about, good and bad reviews, how beautiful the actresses

    Most people that watch films want a bit more than eye candy.

  • Indie Cinema MagazineFebruary 24, 2017Reply

    Despite the Falling Snow

    Despite the Falling Snow is a romantic drama with elements of an
    espionage thriller which intersects events from post-Stalinist Russia
    with the United States in the 1990s.

    Rebecca Ferguson has created an unforgettable image of a young Russian
    woman trapped between two men. Enchanting faces and majestic landscapes
    with falling snow and an expressive score – all of this creates a
    passionate and mysterious atmosphere. The film is full of tension,
    drama and emotion.

    Some critics objected to the supposedly unrealistic costumes and
    details of the lifestyle of Russians. However, I can not agree with
    that. The style of life of Russian people has always been dependent on
    the social status of people, even at that time and the elite which was
    depicted in the film certainly were not ordinary folk. To the
    director’s credit, she has avoided the thoroughly traded road of
    vulgarization of the Russian people on the silver screen.

    The actors have created characters which are true to life and difficult
    to forget. There are no doubts that the film will become one of the
    classics of its genre.

    Sarif has definitively made a great casting, the role of older Misha
    was played by Anthony Head who brilliantly accomplished the difficult
    task of creating highly emotionally charged scenes at the end of the

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