Synopsis: Americans abroad. Roy and Jessie finished a volunteer stint in China. He loves trains, so they go home via the Trans-Siberia Express. There are strains in the relationship, including her past. They meet Carlos, a Spaniard, traveling with Abby, a young American. Carlos keeps close to Jessie, and when Roy is left behind and waits a day for the next train so he can catch up, Jessie and Carlos take a trip into the dead of winter to photograph a ruined church. Carlos may be running drugs, so, later, when Roy catches up and introduces Jessie to his new pal, an English speaking Russian narcotics detective, he's the last person Jessie wants to see. Will the Siberian desolation be their undoing?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Brad Anderson
Production: First Look
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Yes, probably.

Ours is not a gray world.

Under the bright

light of truth,

it's a world of

clear contrasts.

Black and white,

good and evil,

right and wrong.

There is always a choice.

But with faith,

the choice is an easy one.

What our church

has done here...

What you have done here...

over the past two weeks...

is clearly right,

undeniably good.

Just look at Jessie's


You tell me,

is it not in the smiling

face of a child...

that we find the true wonder

of God's grace?

So, tomorrow,

as we set off...

on our long journeys

back home...

You sure you don't wanna fly?

It's not too late.

Now I think it's time to...

reflect on this

final thought...

It's only six days.

When you find yourself

in the darkness of despair,

and you're struggling

to get back...

into the clear light...

of God's truth,

remember what you

learned here...

about the simple

power of compassion.

When you light a lamp

for someone else,

you brighten your

own path, too.

Honey, come on.

Let's go.


Hey, there, little snoop.

Sh*t. Roy.

Oh, sorry. Just wanted to see

if you wanted to get...

some 'shashlyken galoopsie.'

'Galoopsie'? What's that?

Oh, wait.

Excuse me.

Excuse me?

That toilet's not working.

Excuse me.

Hey, let me take care of this.

Uh..., ma'am.

Uh... T for toilet. Toilet.


No, no.

She thinks I meant tea.

No, ma'am. Uh, toilet.


No, no, no...

I'll have a beer.

- The missus will have a Coke.

- Coke.

- Thanks.

- Thank you.

Is it necessary to smoke

while we're eating?

We're not eating yet, Roy.

- It affects my

appetite when you're...

Well, I'll blow it this way.

Just blow it in...

They like to search

between stations...

so the rats cannot jump ship.

'The rats'?

Drug dealers.


Hey, there, little fella.

Did he scare you, sweetie?

Not really.

Best not to tangle

with the police in China...

and Russia.

Especially in Russia.

I know a man

who was detained in Bratsk...

for 28 days,

because his name had

been misspelled...

on the visa.

They demanded 5,000 U.S.

Of course, he

refused to pay...

out of principle.

What happened?

He paid...

with two toes from

his right foot.

You mean, the police...

Oui, monsieur.

The police.

My compliments.

Bon voyage...

and good luck.

He was just putting us on.

No, I'm telling you,

that's how it is.

- It's like the wild,

wild East out here.

Sh*t. There she is.

Bonsoir, mademoiselle.

Oh, God, no.

# Love #...

- How do you turn it off?

- I don't know.

- Ask the b*tch.

- Oh, let's just make do.

# Think of me,

babe, whenever #...

# Some sweet-talkin'

girl comes along #...

# Singin' her song #...

# Don't mess around

You just #...

# Gotta be strong #...

- # Just stop #

- # Stop #...

# 'Cause I really

love you #...

# Stop #...

# I've been thinkin'

of you #...

# Look in my heart

and let love #...

# Keep us together #...

- You're drunk.

- No, I'm not.

Yes, you are.

- So what?

- # You #...

# You belong to me now #...

# Ain't gonna set

you free now #

Hey. No, no...

# Talkin' me down #...

# Here with your heart...

and you won't

hear a sound #...

- # Just stop #

- I want you.

- # 'Cause I really love you #

- Oh, Roy. Roy, Roy.

Wait. Wait.

What? I don't know

where they are.

Are they in your wallet?

I just thought maybe this once

we could leave it to fate.

Not this again.

Not now. Come on.

- # When the others

turn you off #

For Pete's sake.

# Who'll be

turnin' you on #...

# I will, I will, I will #...

- It's okay.

- # I will #...

# Be there to

share forever #...

- # Love will keep

us together #

I love you, Jess.

# Said it before,

and I'll say it again #...

# While others pretend #...

# I'll need you now,

and I'll need you then #...

# Just stop #...

# 'Cause I really love you #

That's yours.

Let me do mine.

Shh, Carlos. She's sleeping.



Oh, s.



Get it while it's hot. Oh.

Sorry. Uh...

Oh, great. You're up, honey.

Uh, this is, uh,

Carlos and, uh...

- Oh, boy.

- Abby.

That's right. Abby.

Carlos and Abby.

- Thanks.

My wife, Jessie

Nassir. Here you go.

So where are we?

We just crossed the border

into Zabaikalsk.

We're in Russia... Siberia.

First time for you?



Here we go.

They're changing the bogies.

Grab the camera.

This is great.

Roy enjoys his trains, no?

Just a little, yeah.

Uh, I have to get dressed.

They even change the gauge.

You know, it's

interesting, honey,

the Chinese didn't want

the Russians to invade,

so they made their

tracks narrower.

Uh, you know,

the Russian gauge... 5.6 feet,

which is, like,

three inches wider...

than the Chinese,

so these Chinese

wheels gotta go.

Where'd they come from?

I don't know. Some

machine tool...

factory in Moscow, I suppose.

No, them... our

new cabin mates.

Oh, he said that they

were teaching in Japan...

English and maybe

some Spanish...

Oh, honey, get a shot of that.

They're raising the train.

Get a shot.

You know what?

I suppose they keep...

the bogies over there.

I don't know how they get them...

onto that track and

then under, but...

You know what?

It's just amazing.

- Hey.

- Hey.

- Hi.

- Sit.

- Thanks.

- Come on over.

We're gonna get

you some vodka.

So, how was Customs?

Oh, jeez.

You know, they really gave us

a bit of a hard time, Carlos.

What, you two? No way.

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