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The film is set in Lithuania after the Second World War. It shows dramatic events in a small Lithuanian farming community, where people are split between the Soviets and the "brothers in the woods", who are fighting to defend their land from the Soviets after the end of the Second World War. Written by
All original cast in the film are Lithuanian actors and they speak Lithuanian. Dubbing in Russian language was made for the Soviet market by actors: A. Demyanenko, E. Kopelyan, E. Shvartsberg, Yu. Solovyev, I. Yefimov, G. Teplinskaya, G. Gai, and others. See more »
One of the greatest Lithuanian movies of all times tells us about the cruel reality of Lithuania right after the World War II, when the country is occupied by the Soviet Russia, few, but strong guerrillas still resist in the woods, part of the population (mainly because of the fear of death or banishment) supports soviets, and as they say "a brother goes against a brother". Film is clearly pro-sovietic (it would be banned at those times otherwise), yet we can easily find pieces of symbolism, which indicates, that some moments are just a "forced art". Zalakevicius was one of the most talented Lithuanian scriptwriters and directors, and it shows. All of the scenes are superbly suggestive, sharp and artistical. All the actors (Adomaitis, Masiulis, Budraitis, Noreika, Banonis, etc.) look more than charizmatic, portraying exciting characters, precisely embeded in this 'macho' movie, at times called even Lithuanian "7 samurai". Haven't seen any of Lithuanian movies? At least watch this one when you have a chance.
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