Allyssa Lee
January 18, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Siege

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Annette Bening, Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub
director
Edward Zwick
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

The year is 1941, and motherless Anna Levin has her work cut out for her. The 22-year-old aspiring artist serves as breadwinner and caretaker for both her father and younger brother in Leningrad, where threats of a German invasion and a harsh winter loom. In her harrowing tale of war’s desolation and the human capacity to endure affliction, Orange Prize-winning author Dunmore paints a nuanced portrait of the personal battles of citizens trapped amid the bloody trenches of WWII, where a quarter slice is your daily bread and the touch of a hand can make the difference between life and death. An affecting, devastating work.

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