Chris Schonberger
July 25, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A mysterious gold bear found in St. Petersburg, Russia, reawakens an ancient prophecy preserving the country’s magical past. After following her ex-lover into a parallel world, Rosa Kovalenka must confront her half-remembered fate — and Russia’s in Kim Wilkins’ The Veil of Gold.

Movie Pitch
Russian history via The NeverEnding Story.

Bottom Line
Wilkins’ alt-history offers enchanting moments (a fairy-tale reimagining of Napoléon’s Moscow invasion), but many fantasy elements feel recycled and heavy-handed. B

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