The film dramatizes November 11, 1919- a crucial date in the battle for Latvian independence. A year after the end of the official hostilities of WWI, a renegade German general and troops ... See full summary »
Another iconic Latvian film, known to be one of the best movies of director Janis Streics. When old auntie Mirta succeeds in a lottery and wins a car, which she cannot use herself, ... See full summary »
In the early morning of June 14, 1941, under Stalin's orders, over 40 000 people from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were arrested, shoved into cattle cars and dispatched to permanent exile ... See full summary »
Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of first love reveal the character of Raya, a 17-year-old living in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. A ... See full summary »
A film that depicts the mentality of the inhabitants of a small village on the Baltic coast. Three guys are trying to fulfill their life's by drinking beer, killing time and picking up ... See full summary »
Modris (17) is no better or worse than his peers. He goes to school, has a girlfriend, some good friends. His gambling addiction makes his relationship with mother difficult. They live ... See full summary »
A national film where joy crosses with sorrow and love enhances the wish to live. It is the dawn of the XX century -a promising time for Latvian people. The national self-esteem of the ... See full summary »
OK I admit it. When I went to LAFF I originally intended on seeing another film that I had my eye on. But upon hearing it was sold out I shrugged and figured I would just see whatever film was screening next automatically figuring it was going to bore me into a deep slumber. Let me say I was completely wrong. The film was Mother, I Love You (Mammu, Es Tevi Milu). A rare film out of Latvia that is a true gem of storytelling that is truly heart-felt. A realistic coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy who already has a strained relationship with his mother, gets into some serious trouble involving petty theft and how, from his young perspective, he should go about solving the problem. For all accounts, Raimond (Kristofers Konovalovs) is a typical young boy who plays sax in the school band, stays up late to play Wii, and roams around town on his Razor scooter getting into mischief with his best friend Peteris. Part of the film deals with the difficult relationship between Raimonds and his single mother (Vita Varpina) who works late as an obstetrician to support them. While it's obvious they both love each other, their relationship is more like roommates than mother and son. When Raimonds finds himself intertwined in a theft investigation you notice the extent of his desperation to get out of the difficult situation through his resourcefulness. Even though all the decisions he makes are the wrong ones, they make complete sense in the mind of a 12 year old trying to avoid punishment from his mother. Frankly it makes the viewer look within their own (or other's close to them) past actions from that age and go "hey I did same thing to get out of being slapped by my parents". But as we all come to find out, and so does Raimonds, its best to come clean and tell the truth in the end. And no matter what hot water Raimonds in, his mother will always love her son.
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