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In Tranzit
     

In Tranzit

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Director: Tom Roberts, Tim Roberts

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Vera Farmiga

 
When the female guards at a Soviet prison camp mistakenly receive a shipment of German POWs, their attempts to single out former SS officers yields unexpected complications. World War II Has drawn to a close, but the fight to retain our humanity has just begun. At first, the guards seem to get enjoyment out of sadistically toying with the inmates. But as time passes,

Overview

When the female guards at a Soviet prison camp mistakenly receive a shipment of German POWs, their attempts to single out former SS officers yields unexpected complications. World War II Has drawn to a close, but the fight to retain our humanity has just begun. At first, the guards seem to get enjoyment out of sadistically toying with the inmates. But as time passes, individuals on both sides begin to realize that the truth is never as simple as black and white, and that sometimes the most beautiful things can blossom under the harshest of circumstances. John Malkovich, Vera Farmiga, and Thomas Kretschmann star.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
UPC:
0625828462306
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Peace Arch Trinity
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
6,456

Special Features

The making of "In Tranzit"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Kretschmann Actor
Vera Farmiga Actor
Daniel Brühl Actor
Natalie Press Actor
Ingeborga Dapkunaite Actor
John Lynch Actor
Yevgeny Mironov Actor
Tatiana Yakovenko Actor
John Malkovich Actor

Technical Credits
Tom Roberts Director,Screenwriter
Tim Roberts Director,Screenwriter
Sergei Astakhov Cinematographer
Paul Carlin Editor
Jimmy De Brabant Producer
Michael Dounaev Producer
Katie Goodson Co-producer
Kami Naghdi Producer
Natalia Portnova Screenwriter
Simon van der Borgh Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In Tranzit
1. USSR 1946 [10:06]
2. Roll Call [9:43]
3. Soviet Justice [12:36]
4. Guilt [8:00]
5. Reduce Rations [10:19]
6. I Am a Jew [9:42]
7. Remember [10:54]
8. Play Well [11:53]
9. Lucky You [7:53]
10. Lost Faith [9:42]
11. A Few Hours [6:04]
12. End Credits [5:39]

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In Tranzit 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
IN TRANZIT is one of those forgotten films the viewer wants to love: an all but unknown bit of history based on a true story that offers a different insight into the universal damage inflicted upon all peoples by WW II. The problem with this production is the embarrassingly weak script by Natalia Portonova and Simon van der Borgh, the unfocused direction by Tom Roberts and the bumpy editing by Paul Carlin. Beautifully photographed by Sergei Astakhov in a manner that emphasizes the brutality of Russian winters, setting a perfect matrix for the drama, this film had potential, but even the isolated acting contributions of a few seasoned actors cannot hide the weak script and the annoying pacing. 1946 and a Russian Women's prisoner of war camp lays unused until it is determined by one evil Russian officer Pavlov (John Malkovich) that it will become a camp for German prisoners of war to ferret out occult members of the Nazi SS group that inflicted such agony on the Russians. The camp is run by a group of angry Russian women soldiers and one Russian physician Natalia (Vera Farmiga) who together with Citizen Zina (Natalie Press) represent the humanistic side of the suffering Russian victims of the German brutality. And so it is German men, including the handsome Max (Thomas Kretschmann) who shares a mutual attraction with Natalia and the enigmatic Klaus (Daniel Brühl) among others, versus the Russian women: role reversal and gender dominance changes create the drama. One key mute figure is Andrei (the brilliant Russian actor Yevgeni Mironov), the psychologically damaged husband of Natalia, who in many ways represents the tragedy of the entire WW II on mankind. How these two groups of people interact and survive the conditions imposed on them forms the story. Though Farmiga and Kretschmann, Press and Mironov overcome the awkward script in an attempt to suffuse this film with palpable tragedy, the result is a bumpy ride through the obvious pitfalls of amateur filmmaking. It could have been an important film, but is remains a minor though interesting insight as to the extended effects of war on people's psyches. Grady Harp