Synopsis by Mark Deming
Russian actor and filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov returns as Gen. Sergei Kotov in this sequel to his Academy Award-winning international success Utomlyonnye Solntsem (aka Burnt By The Sun). In 1941, Kotov is being held in a prison camp as war looms, and when the camp is attacked as Germany launches a campaign against Russia, he manages to escape in the confusion. While Kotov believes his wife Marusia (Victoria Tolstoganova) and daughter Nadya (Nadezhda Mikhalkova) lost their lives in Stalin's purges, in truth they're still alive and living with Arsentyev (Oleg Menshikov), who has taken Marusia as his wife. Certain he has no family left, Kotov joins a battalion of volunteers and fights fearlessly against the Germans, oblivious to the carnage around him. Nadya, however, has learned that her father is alive and at large; joining the army as a nurse, she sets out to find Kotov, with danger lurking at every turn. Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2: Predstoyanie (aka The Exodus: Burnt By The Sun 2) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.