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Nereikalingi zmones (2008)

Mentally ill young woman Valda convinces herself that a boy growing up in an orphanage is her child. Following the footsteps of a thousands Lithuanians, she immigrates to Ireland to earn money to save him. "Loss" portrays beauty and tragedy in the human heart.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kostas Smoriginas ...
Dalia Micheleviciute ...
Daiva Tamosiunaite ...
Gelmis Naujikas ...
Vytautas Rumsas ...
Barman (as Vitautas Rumshas)
Gabija Jaraminaite ...
Nurse (as Gabija Ryskuviene)
Arvydas Dapsys ...
Dalia Brenciute ...
Orphanage's director
Toma Vaskeviciute ...
Nora - young
Justas Tertelis ...
Ben - young
Sarunas Puidokas ...
Eleonora Korisnaite ...
Hotel owner
Regina Janina Kazlauskaite ...
Cleaning lady


A Priest in Ireland meets a woman Valda from his native Lithuania only to find out her mysterious identity is closely connected with a darkest secret of his past. Desperate for a better life Valda left Lithuania for Ireland, hoping to find a new purpose in life but failed to fulfill a promise to come back she made to her son Paul. Now Paul is adopted by a childless Nora, ex-wife of the desperate businessman Ben, whose life is falling from his hands. Caught in a struggle with her husband's mistress Laima, she must fight not only for her firm but also for the custody of a child who now is her only hope in life. From acclaimed Latvian director Maris Martinsons comes a dramatic story developing in two countries, connected with each other by vast migration after the fall of Soviet Union, and six people whose destiny is bond in more than one way after tragic accident which happened more than two decades ago. Written by Linda Krukle

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If you can't change your past, change your future!



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11 January 2008 (Lithuania)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Lithuania's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


The Rose of
Music and Lyrics traditional
Performed by Anne Jennings-Tauciene
Arranged by Andrius Mamontovas
Mixed and mastered by Arturas Pugaciauskas
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Great plot and character portrayal
20 March 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about six individuals who are somehow connected in a fateful manner, dating back to the 3rd November 1981.

"Loss" starts off very slow, and admittedly it is boring. The constantly moving, or more appropriately, wandering camera does not help either. There are even occasions that the camera wanders off from the speaking character to the background then back to the character again. This camera technique makes me dizzy.

However, as the film progresses, it becomes captivating and mentally stimulating. The journey to discover how the people are connected to each other is brilliantly scripted. It tells viewers events and yet also creates room for viewers to want more. All the characters portrayed are so real, which enhances the viewer's connection with the film.

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