Lauren & Marina in Despite the Falling Snow

Despite the Falling Snow is a British Cold War espionage film directed by Shamim Sarif, adapted from her novel of the same name. In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him. Known for earlier films and novels that focus on lesbian relationships, Sarif squeezes a brief one in here: a present-day fling between Lauren (Rebecca Ferguson) and Marina (Antje Traue), a journalist who pretends to be a fan of Lauren’s art but actually shares an interest in Alex and Katya’s story. That offers a parallel narrative of hidden motives, but Snow does little with the comparison.

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