On a purely technical level, The Road Home is one of the best of the postwar Russian "partisan" films. Oleg Zhakov stars as Yanis, who manages to escape from the Nazi train bearing himself and his fellow villagers to a German concentration camp. At first, Yanis is interested only in returning to his beloved family. But after a run-in with Nazi troops in a Latvian village, Yanis decides to cast his lot with the local resistance movement. Surprising for a Soviet film of the period, The Road Home appears to celebrate individual achievement over teamwork-but only during the first few reels. Director Alexander Ivanov packs plenty of thrills and suspense into the proceedings, while cinematographer Ivan Goldberg sustains a properly forboding atmosphere throughout.
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