A first film made of the 1949 March deportation of Estonian people to Siberia by Soviet Secret Police NKVD. During couple of days and nights nearly 21 thousand people, mostly women and ...
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A first film made of the 1949 March deportation of Estonian people to Siberia by Soviet Secret Police NKVD. During couple of days and nights nearly 21 thousand people, mostly women and children, were under top secret taken from their homes to railway stations and locked into animal wagons to take a trip of thousands of kilometers to a far, poor, unfriendly and cold land where they were mostly used as cheap (free) labor. The movie presents the events symbolist, as in the leading roles are recognizable the characters from bible Jesus, Satan and Judas. That makes the film top artistic but unrealistic, very slow and difficult to follow. Though in general not bad produced, the acting is time to time too theatrical and unfortunately we have rather another medium-level artistic film here than a worth-to-watch history film. Written by
Almost forgotten and always overlooked haunting film about deportation of Estonian citizens by Soviet authorities in 1949. The film is important not only because it is the first Estonian (and overall) film that depicts deportations committed under Soviet regime, but it also shows how much part Estonian hanger-ons played in these atrocities. In that sense the film is well balanced - there are cruel and brutal government workers and there are those who are haunted by their ugly deeds, there are innocent victims of deportation and there are people who tried to play on both sides and got burned.
This film is the first of it's kind, but no other film came after that has never been so brutal. By that I don't mean much on screen physical violence, but more psychological aspects. There are many quiet moments with no dialogue or narration when we just see characters looking out of the window or staring at the distance, and the pain in their faces are telling more than words - we know there can be no happy ending.
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