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Review: Strangers on a Train in 'Compartment No. 6'

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Seidi Haarla in a scene from "Compartment No. 6." (Sami Kuokkanen/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Seidi Haarla in a scene from "Compartment No. 6." (Sami Kuokkanen/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
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(AP) -- A train ride from Moscow to the arctic port city of Murmansk would not seem like the most likely setting for anything as warm as Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen's “Compartment No. 6."

To Laura (Seidi Haarla), a Finnish archeology student who's reluctantly left behind her girlfriend and her studies in Moscow to visit prehistoric rock drawings in northwest Russia, the journey doesn't start promising, either. When she goes to set her bags down in her overnight, second-class compartment, she finds a boorish Russian miner, Ljoha (Yuriy Borisov). Drunk on schnapps, he aggressively guesses she's headed north for sex work. The conductor offers no reprieve, not even for a bribe.