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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dóra Szinetár ...
Laurin (as Dora Szinetar)
Brigitte Karner ...
Károly Eperjes ...
Van Rees (as Karoly Eperjes)
Hédi Temessy ...
Olga (as Hedi Temessy)
Barnabás Tóth ...
Stefan Berghaus (as Barnabas Toth)
Kati Sír ...
Frau Greta Berghaus (as Katalin Sir)
Endre Kátay ...
Pastor Van Rees (as Endre Katay)
János Derzsi ...
Arne (as Janos Derzsi)
Zoltán Gera ...
Herr Engels (as Zoltan Gera)
Ildikó Hámori ...
Frau Johansson (as Ildiko Hamori)
Zsolt Szerenyi ...
Zigeunerjunge
Ottilia Marschek ...
Zwillingsschwester
Gabriella Marschek ...
Zwillingsschwester
Attila Hajdu ...
Enno
Gábor Németh ...
Nikolas (as Gabor Nemeth)
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A small port at the turn of last century, embedded in a romantic river landscape with dense woods and a large castle ruin on a hill. Laurin, a pretty girl aged nine, lives together with her young mother Flora, her father Arne and her somewhat peculiar grandmother, Olga, in a remote, ivy-clad cottage in the middle of the forest. Laurin's father is a sailor and he often has to leave his family back for more than a couple of months. One evening Flora takes her husband for the long way down to the harbour. On her way back through night and storm she dies under mysterious circumstances, crashing through the rotten railing of a long, wooden bridge and drowning in the icy water of the river. Flora's death appears like a horrible accident, yet her little daughter feels that something evil is concealed in the village community. Two years later, Laurin's father has gone off to sea again and the girl stays alone with her grandmother. It is now, that Van Rees, the parson's son, returns from the ... Written by Anonymous

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Not exactly horror, but a very good movie
2 August 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This movie turned out to be quite a bit different then I thought it would be but in a good way. The subtitle would lead you to believe that Laurin is a horror movie but after a few minutes you realize it is something completely different. Previous comments refer to this movie as being surreal and I think that is about as close to an explanation as you can get. This is a gorgeously shot movie that utilizes great natural scenery combined with carefully chosen lighting which sets the mood in every scene. The director makes great use of imagery and color and overall this movie has a really ominous and eerie feeling to it all the way through. As I mentioned though, this isn't really a typical American "horror" movie considering the low body count. It is more cerebral then most horror movies and is artfully put together from beginning to end without being pretentious art house crap.

There are a wholllleeeee lot of interesting characters in this movie, many who have issues with repressed sexuality. The lead character Laurin sleeps in a crib and at first seems to be mentally age-regressed or slow...or something. Also present are the local Priest and his son who both seem to have a number of "issues" relating to childhood and sexuality. Don't forget the crossdressing sissy school-boy, the dope smoking granny, and spying on people in the bathtub.

If you're looking for gore or high body count then keep going but if you are open to something a little more in the vein of maybe David Lynch then I highly recommend Laurin.


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