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Autumn Ball (2007)

Sügisball (original title)
A film about the loneliness, despair and hope of six people who all live in a bleak Soviet-era apartment complex in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Credited cast:
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Mati
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Shveitser Theo
Juhan Ulfsak ...
Arhitekt Maurer
Sulevi Peltola ...
Meestejuuksur Augusti Kaski
Tiina Tauraite ...
Arhitekt Maureri naine Ulvi
Maarja Jakobson ...
Laura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Hmelnitski ...
Laulja restoranis
Janek Joost ...
Theo ülemus
Karl Kermes ...
Jaan
Ülo Krigul ...
Klahvipillimängija restoranis
Kaupo Käsik ...
Theo töökaaslane
Armin Kõomägi ...
Restoranikülastaja
Paul Laasik ...
Telekaparandaja
Erki Laur ...
Maureri sõber
Mari Lill ...
Poemüüja I
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A young writer called Mati is stalking his ex-wife, while also trying to make unsuccessful passes at other women. Augusti is a barber living a dreary bachelor life who forms a bond with little girl, but his approaches are misconstrued as pedophilia. Laura, a single mom, tears up over sappy soap operas, but refuses real-life advances from clueless men, because her ability to trust has been ruined by her violent drunk of an ex-husband. Maurer, the architect, worries about the wellbeing of humanity, but ignores his own wife Ulvi, who in turn looks for solace in the arms of a coatroom attendant named Theo. Women have always liked Theo, but due to his low social status, they don't take him seriously. All of these people might inhabit identical tower blocks, but they couldn't feel more alienated from each other if they tried. Written by nihilistening

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Written and Performed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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love in the time of bloc houses
24 September 2007 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Finally an Estonian film that combines "international" know-how in film-making with a story that is at the same time embedded in the Estonian context and universal. The film describes the life of a series of characters in Lasnamäe, a rather grey bloc house area in Tallinn. And the good news: it avoids all the clichés that could come up when thinking about such depressing neighborhoods. Sügisball is deeply human and the characters are all very complex. The movie shows "the human condition" in autumn colours without abandoning all hope. Visually it is very impressive how Lasnamäe is shown. In some shots the audience is literally diving into this monster out of concrete. We see the daily fight of the protagonists to find love and human contact in an environment that "was created for the future". Full of warmth and depth the film depicts the Lasnamäe in all our minds. Very convincing work!


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