Visually the film is stunning, portraying both the beauty and harshness of the Russian landscape.
Sharif and Christie are wonderful, he poetic, romantic, she troubled yet luminous. Their tragedy is perhaps best described by this conversation, when Lara laments;
"Wouldn't it have been lovely if we'd met before?"
"Before we did? Yes."
"We'd have got married, had a house and children. If we'd had children, Yuri, would you like a boy or girl?"
"I think we may go mad if we think about all that"
"I shall always think about it"