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 »
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It's the midst of 30-year war, when Riga, then free-town, is fighting back both Swedish and Polish armies. City Council is thorn in doubt, as two main spiritual leaders - Head of Catholic ... See full summary »
The 30-year war still goes on. Riga headmasters have decided to submit themselves to mercy of Polish-Lithuanian Duke. Rigas' defenders disagree strongly and steal the ceremonial Key of Riga... See full summary »
Group of men fishing in the icy Baltic sea find themselves trapped when the ice breaks away, carrying them with it. As the ice breaks into smaller and smaller pieces, the behavior of the men gets more desperate and class driven.
Action takes place in Latvia in 1920-thies. Entrepreneurial Edgar Ceplis establish joint-stock company, to produce and export clay bricks. He attracts to project many investors in the hope ... See full summary »
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, different family members are suddenly there to 'be helpful' in favor to get the car after aunties' death, not to mention, they never have come before to help her. The funny rivalry between two parts of family, a foolish jealousy to the near living peasants' family, which had always non-selfishly been there for auntie, is a caricature of greasy human nature. This is a slight humor of the Soviet life details as well. But aunt Mirta isn't fool, and is still young in her heart until her last minute, that appears in her last will - to whom the car, the limousine in the color of St. John's night goes. Written by
Although this movie is already more then 20 years old it still is the best Latvian movie ever made. I will try to explain why I think so. The dialogs have very witty subtexts, characters are saying one thing, while they really are thinking something else (sometimes by saying something they unintentionally reveal their intentions, which are not very noble.)Each time when I watch this movie I notice something new - some deeper subtext. Of course, I must mention that cultural background (political situation in Latvia in 1980) is very important in order to understand those subtexts. But if you do not understand them all it still remains very light and entertaining movie. Actors are great and the message of this movie is live today. All Latvian (I am not exaggerating) know this movie and love it. It is like a ritual - once a year we must see it. I have always thought that there are many foreign movies which I will never see - and there are many people who will never see this wonderful movie. On the one hand that is very sad, but on the other hand, I am happy that there is at least one movie which I can recommend as very good Latvian movie. I hope that some of you (in some mysterious way) will have a chance to see it.
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