Those commie bastards...It's 1946 and the Soviet Union is extending an olive branch to Russian emigrants living in the West. But behind the smiley propaganda, the gulags are filling up and firing squads are working at a rapid clip. You see, 90 percent of the returnees are considered imperialist spies by the paranoid guys in the Kremlin. Menchikov, an émigré doctor living in France, innocently heeds the call and returns to the motherland with his wife (Bonnaire) and young son.
It's a nightmarish mistake he spends the next 30 years trying to erase, as brutal Cold War realities begin to fracture his family. Bonnaire, whose calculated assimilationist facade masks an unquenchable determination to be free again, is particularly fine.