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The Secret Speech
Tom Rob Smith
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
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Soviet Union, 1956: Stalin is dead. With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor, Khrushchev, is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will transform.
MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.
The Soviet Union is a country trying to reassert itself after the murderous excesses of Stalin and the chaos of the following years, and as the Cold War continues powers inside Russia seek to topple their great enemy, the United States of America. Communist allies within the United States will prove vital players in this game of intrigue and revolution. Raisa and their two daughters travel to the United States on a diplomatic mission, but a horrifying tragedy destroys everything Leo and Raisa have built. Leo must get to the States somehow and find out what happened.
Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother... she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.
Now a major movie, directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman. For fans of Robert Harris, John Le Carre, and Martin Cruz Smith comes a gripping thriller set in Moscow, 1953. Under Stalin's terrifying regime families live in fear. When the all-powerful State claims there is no such thing as crime, who dares disagree? An ambitious secret police officer, Leo Demidov has spent his career arresting anyone who steps out of line. Suddenly his world is turned upside down when he uncovers evidence of a killer at large.
Moskau, 1953. Auf den Bahngleisen wird die Leiche eines kleinen Jungen gefunden. Nackt. Fürchterlich zugerichtet. Doch in der Sowjetunion der Stalinzeit gibt es offiziell keine Verbrechen. Und so wird der Mord zum Unfall erklärt. Der Geheimdienstoffizier Leo Demidow kann jedoch die Augen vor dem Offenkundigen nicht verschließen.
Der Anruf des Vaters ist ein Schock: Daniels Mutter, die seit einigen Monaten mit ihrem Mann in Schweden lebt, wurde in die Psychiatrie eingeliefert. Ida leide unter Verfolgungsangst und Wahnvorstellungen, behauptet ihr Mann. Doch Ida selbst erzählt eine ganz andere Geschichte. Eine von vertuschten Verbrechen, vom Verschwinden einer jungen Frau, von einer eingeschworenen kleinen Gemeinschaft in einer abgelegenen Gegend Schwedens. Und von ihrer Angst, dass niemand ihr glaubt.