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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:
Rain Tolk ...
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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TRITE, BORING, Cliché
26 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Veiko Õunpuu could have done something meaningful by staking out new ground or a new vision from a unique eastern European perspective. Instead he decides he wants to make an existential-angst/ennui type of "made in France" film to fit in with other "cool" western European cinema. Literally every scene is a copy of other clichés from other European films. The director wanted to stake a "me too" claim and he has succeeded in that, nothing more. There is nothing uniquely Estonian, about the plot/narrative.

At over two hours, with many scenes shot in real time mode, it is torture to watch. Even one hour into the film, we still don't have empathy for any of the characters. The suffering of each character is rigidly imposed and artificial.

AVOID! Save your eyes and mind.


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