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Curious about some of the things not shown


I understand this was a war movie but it would be interest to have shown some aspects about what happened to people who had to live under the new Soviet regime.

Do you think if this really happened or even in the film's universe that people's home would be taken over or people evicted from their homes and sent to social housing and/or people's homes be turned into social housing by having families crammed into one house. Would people still go to work and schools etc, or were people to be confined to their own homes?

I'm also curious about the when the soviets first arrived, were people kept hostage at their places of business and never saw their homes again?

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I don't know about schools but work would have to be done where it benefits the invading force. And yes, quartering of troops is a real thing in invasions and even in normal circumstances in some places.

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The dissidents were rounded up and shot. The rest of the town went back to business, but it was under heavy surveillance and oppression. This was shown in the bombing scene and few interactions between the Russians and Cubans.

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Went back to business...

So, what about people who owned their own business and homeowners? Wouldn't their homes, businesses have been taken over?

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They were under heavy surveillance. If you notice, the soldiers just walk around and the townsfolk avoid them. This was a common situation in places taken over by dictators and commies. It's hinted at when they pick up the granddaughters. You see it when Toni plants the bomb and when they talk to the mayor.

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Think of it like this. My great Uncle was arrested and sent to Mauthausen. When he was arrested, it was by police and Nazi soldiers. They asked why he was being arrested and they said that he was to be questioned. His siblings and father were left on the farm, but they didn't cross the police or Nazi soldiers. Why? Because arrests weren't justified. People disappeared. So, they kept their heads down and avoided being noticed. It only took one person to snitch in a neighborhood to keep it under control. You see this no was with the Karens trying to have people arrested for social distancing. If you watch the town, you'll see this in the background.

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