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Utterly Alone

An earnest but muddled account of the popular resistance movement against the Soviets' post-World War II occupation of Lithuania. The flimsy story centers on one of the movement's true heroes, Juozas Luksa (played by Saulius Balandis), beginning with his decision to join the resistance and concluding with his 1951 death in an ambush planned by the KGB. Director Jonas Vaitkus seems to have a substantial budget, but in his eagerness to catalog the atrocities inflicted on the Lithuanian people he dispenses with any real plot or character development until the last half hour, opting instead for endless sequences of Soviet soldiers and local collaborators harassing and torturing peasants. In subtitled Lithuanian, Russian, German, and French. 90 min.

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