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Ina Marija Bartaité,
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In Kaliningrad two Lithuanian boys meet two Russian girls. They have difficulties in finding places where they can sleep together. But this is the only problem they do solve. All four justly feel miserable because their lives are meaningless (the recurrent dull and poorly kept house façads could well be taken as a comparative symbol). In addition, everyone is so absorbed by his or her own distress and hardly capable of bothering about the anguish of the others. The three days end with a pervasive lack of contact.Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
Up to 1945 the Russian city of Kaliningrad used to be the German 'Königsberg'. Due to Adolf Hitler's lost war the town was transferred to Stalin's Soviet Union.
Kaliningrad makes the location of 'Trys dienos' (= Lituvanian for 'three days'). Director Bartas cleverly used its surviving massive German architecture as a setting for his very East European story. Thus making a special contrast.
The desolation of his plot also reflects the desolation of Kaliningrad: the town is Russian, but does not look Russian. The town is Russian, but cannot escape its German past. Its inhabitants tend to look westwards to Scandinavia, but are tied up eastwards to Moscow.
These ingredients make 'Trys dienos' attractive. Its picturing is adequate, its story & acting are no more than mediocre.
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