A hugely likable film, which is not a bad thing in this case, since this material could easily have been shrill and disastrous. It helps to have Bonnaire, Deneuve, Bodrov Jr., and the rest of the fine cast steering the melo-er moments toward credibility. So this is what life in Soviet Russia was like? The problem wasn't so much communism per se as grudge-bearing. And the KGB of course.