Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris and care for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is ...
See full summary »
A young woman who grew up in orphanage is longing to be loved, but does not have it in her to love others. Her teenage looks help her while falsely accused of committing a crime to hide in ... See full summary »
An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
A medieval love story with lots of adventures. The times are troubled - there's a revolt of peasants going on. To secure its safety a monastery chases for a relics of a holy Brigitte. A ... See full summary »
This movie is about the Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920), specifically the students fighting on the nationalist side, but also shown the conflict between two ideologies (Estonian nationalism and communism).
After being denounced as an outcast in school and frightened away from home by his mother's developing schizophrenia, there is no other way out for Johannes but to start improving his life by reforming himself.
Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris and care for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is the attention of Stephane, her younger lover from years ago. Stephane, however, is desperate for Anne to stay and look after Frida, even against the old lady's will. In this conflict of strangers, Anne finds her own way... Written by
Drawing nearer of opposites or even antipodes in different environments is mostly interesting to watch - even if the idea has been used dozens of times, including in dramas. As a result of Soviet deportations and World War II, Estonians scattered into various countries, including France, where their number remained yet modest. In spite of several joint arrangements and clubs, Estonians are rather individualistic and pigheaded, and any outrage or discontent is remembered for a long time and hardly forgiven... All this is well depicted in the film, where two ladies of different age and background have to make amends, cope and find new angles to get along. As for the cast, Jeanne Moreau and Laine Mägi give really pleasant and strong performances, their mutual chemistry is visible both in agreeing and disagreeing scenes; male characters are more sketchy and plain (including the one played by Patrick Pineau).
The bizarre thing and minus from me is the fact the old lady refused to talk Estonian - Estonians refugees were very proud of the roots and language, older generations have not forgotten it even after 40+ years abroad. Thus, the character played by Moreau could have been French or someone left for France as a very young child...
Thus, the film in question is not the best Ilmar Raag has directed and written, but it is still worth watching, particularly among middle-aged/elderly people.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?