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In the summer of 1914, thirteen-year-old Oda von Siering (Paula Beer) leaves Berlin to join her family and an assortment of German and Russian aristocrats on an estate in Estonia. The von ... See full summary »

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Oda von Siering
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Ebbo von Siering
Tambet Tuisk ...
Schnaps
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Milla von Siering
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Mechmershausen
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Paul von Siering
Yevgeni Sitokhin ...
Hauptmann Karpow (as Jevgenij Sitochin)
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Gudrun Koskull
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Professor Plötz
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Professor Hasenreich
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Oda Schaefer
Uma Fritze ...
Gigola
Paula Fritze ...
Karin
Valentina Väli ...
Lisbeth
Dennis Mojen ...
Meelis
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In the summer of 1914, thirteen-year-old Oda von Siering (Paula Beer) leaves Berlin to join her family and an assortment of German and Russian aristocrats on an estate in Estonia. The von Siering family home is a character in its own right, a hulking, neoclassical manor that hovers on stilts above the sea. Oda arrives there bearing her mother's coffin and a gift requested by her surgeon father: a jarred, two-headed fetus to add to his laboratory of gruesome curiosities. Ebbo von Siering (Edgar Selge) sees himself in his daughter when she calmly and expertly learns to suture the corpse of a cat. What he fails to recognize - and what Oda luckily understands - is that their interest in science is their only similarity. His dedication to experimentation is linked to an appalling obsession with power and destruction, while Oda is genuinely curious about life. Her quick, quiet intelligence complements her humanity and her lucid understanding of right and wrong. When she strays from a family... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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