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Of course, Mirror (see previous post), is not the only film about dachas, families, the Russian summer and the intersection of private lives and public events. So is Burnt by the Sun, made over twenty years later. That film, made after the fall of Communism, is a bitter story about how Stalin’s Terror intrudes on the life of a family gathered in their dacha – if you are unfamiliar with the film see the plot summary on Wikipedia. It is not a corrective to Mirror, nor even an antidote, but it is a striking contrast. Personally, I am of the opinion that Mirror is the greater film, but many would prefer Burnt by the Sun.

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