at surface level, 'ashes in the snow' is a dull, lifeless attempt at adapting the novel 'between shades of gray', which tells the (partially-true??) story of a young girls account of the soviet invasion of lithuania. however, going beyond the surface level, you will find,,, absolutely nothing! it's just as monotonous and heartless as it appears to be! yay.
none of the characters ever seemed to have a fully developed storyline, with the exception of nikolai kretzy (portrayed by martin wallstrom), but even then it was still very surface level. it lacked elaboration, and reasoning, and fell perfectly into all the cliche's because of it.
i'll give it one thing though - it's the perfect mix of incredibly boring and slightly informative, that it would be perfect for history teachers to show their students.