MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,416 this week

Midsummer Madness (2007)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 403 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 29 critic

A comedy that follows a group of people immersed in Latvia's summer solstice celebration, the shortest night of the year.

Director:

Writers:

, (additional material), 4 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 12 titles
created 18 Apr 2014
 
a list of 2828 titles
created 20 Apr 2014
 
a list of 279 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 230 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 9999 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Midsummer Madness (2007)

Midsummer Madness (2007) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Midsummer Madness.
11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The film dramatizes November 11, 1919- a crucial date in the battle for Latvian independence. A year after the end of the official hostilities of WWI, a renegade German general and troops ... See full summary »

Director: Aigars Grauba
Stars: Janis Reinis, Elita Klavina, Girts Krumins
Midsummer (2003)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

It's the last day of school. Christian (19) and his younger sister Sofie are on their way to a party together with their friends. They've got to finish studying for their finals, take the ... See full summary »

Director: Carsten Myllerup
Stars: Kristian Leth, Laura Christensen, Tuva Novotny
América (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

America a tragic story told in a burlesque and ironic way, within a love triangle. Liza, a beautiful young Russian woman, is married to Victor, a small-time crook who lives on scheming and ... See full summary »

Director: João Nuno Pinto
Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Fernando Luís, María Barranco
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Salzlipp twins grow up without their father. The boy and the girl are convinced he is an important superhero secret agent. But when he eventually comes home, it turns out that he is but... See full summary »

Director: Nana Dzhordzhadze
Stars: Merab Ninidze, Anja Antonowicz, Chulpan Khamatova
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Raimonds, a 12 year old boy, falls into a world of petty crime while trying to stay out of trouble with his mother.

Director: Janis Nords
Stars: Kristofers Konovalovs, Vita Varpina, Matiss Livcans
La pirogue (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

Director: Moussa Touré
Stars: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laïty Fall, Malaminé 'Yalenguen' Dramé
Kolka Cool (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A film that depicts the mentality of the inhabitants of a small village on the Baltic coast. Three guys are trying to fulfill their life's by drinking beer, killing time and picking up ... See full summary »

Director: Juris Poskus
Stars: Aigars Apinis, Agnese Civle, Gatis Gaga
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A story about the Latvian basketball team, which won the first-ever European Championships in 1935 and its enthusiastic head coach Valdemars Baumanis.

Director: Aigars Grauba
Stars: Janis Amanis, Inga Alsina, Vilis Daudzins
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

One day, a bad fall forces Edmond to accept Rose's help. Eventually, the two grow closer. The young woman finds relief in confiding painful memories to the older man; things she cannot even... See full summary »

Directors: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond
Stars: Florence Loiret Caille, Michel Bouquet, Éric Caravaca
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

Director: Maria de Medeiros
Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Another iconic Latvian film, known to be one of the best movies of director Janis Streics. When old auntie Mirta succeeds in a lottery and wins a car, which she cannot use herself, ... See full summary »

Director: Janis Streics
Stars: Gundars Abolins, Romualds Ancans, Lilita Berzina
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

O Contador de Histórias (The Story of Me), a Luiz Villaça;a movie based on the life of Roberto Carlos Ramos, is a story about how affection can change reality. The youngest of 10 brothers, ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Villaça
Stars: Marco Antonio, Teuda Bara, Ju Colombo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orlando Wells ...
...
...
...
...
Tobias Moretti ...
Detlev Buck ...
Roland Düringer ...
Birgit Minichmayr ...
Daniil Spivakovskiy ...
Aurelija Anuzhite ...
Yevgeni Sitokhin ...
...
Benito Sambo ...
Peter Faerber ...
Edit

Storyline

Janu Nakts (St. John's Night) is a traditional Latvian celebration during which family and friends gather to build bonfires, barbecue, drink and generally have a good time. According to legend, lovers and those who would like to fall in love, can search the woods for the "magic fern" on this night. This magic fern serves as the focus and pivotal point of the six stories in "Midsummer Madness" It is also a metaphor for the film's underlying theme - finding love. "MIDSUMMER MADNESS " is reflected in the recurring element of the magic fern, a metaphor (both in the film and in real life) for love. The question posed by the film is: can a search for love ever be successful? Each story deals with this question. An answer is provided at the film's conclusion in a humorous and unforgettable way: we see the legendary fern, glowing magically in a meadow. It exists after all! Then a cow ambles along and eats it. The deeper message, which is not obvious to the audience, is therefore: Yes, a ... Written by Joe W. Wrist

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Car kresne noci  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Synchro Film, Austria)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
Performed by Pits Andersons & The American Dream
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
the game is Riga'd
19 December 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Alexander Hahn's "Midsummer Madness" reminded me a bit of Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train", with a bunch of people independently doing similar things. In this case the story takes place in Latvia during the celebration of summer solstice, or Jāņi in Latvian. Some of the characters are Latvian citizens, some are travelers, but this particular day holds some surprising experiences for everyone.

The movie is half focus on the characters' quirks and mishaps, half look at the Latvian countryside. When I went to Latvia I pretty much stayed in Riga, but the rest of the country looks beautiful. In one scene, the taxi driver tells the visitor that Latvian male names end in S (such as Gundars Āboliņš). Thanks to Wikipedia I've seen that when male names from other languages get written in Latvian, they add S on the end.

The movie itself is OK, not great. The best part is the focus on the relationships between the characters. We get to hear Latvian, English, French and Russian spoken. The cast includes Orlando Wells (Susannah York's son), Maria de Medeiros (Butch's wife in "Pulp Fiction") and Dominique Pinon (who always appears in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's movies). What a mixture for a celebration in the former Soviet republic. If I ever go back there - along with Estonia and Lithuania - I'll make sure to go to the countryside. Dievs, svētī Latviju!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Midsummer Madness (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page