Out of the Cold
Out of the Cold (1999) is the story
of an American dancer whose career is faltering mostly due to his
drinking, who is given a chance to go to Estonia where his family
immigrated from, and appear in a relative's nightclub.
|It is the mid 30's, and
the Russian occupation of the Baltic states is the backdrop to a love
story. The dancer, Keith Carradine, falls in love with Mia Kirshner,
an aristocrat well above his social station. She escapes to America,
but he is arrested, his passport burned, and is sent to a Siberian
work camp. The story is told in flash-backs as he is trying to get
permission to leave the country.
||An IMDB reader from Estonia comments
that the film is a very accurate portrayal of what happened in
Estonia under Russian occupation. Another comments that the main
characters are not that engaging. I would agree on both points.
Attempts at humor largely fall flat, and the romantic portion
isn't especially compelling.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 8.1, but that is based on only 15 votes, and
appears to be ballot stuffing.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-.
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