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Need vanad armastuskirjad (1992)

The life of Raimond Valgre, an Estonian songwriter of the 1930s and the 1940s, the political changes of his land and his life after war when his songs were considered not suitable for the ... See full summary »

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Mati Põldre
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Rain Simmul Rain Simmul ... Raimond Valgre
Liis Tappo Liis Tappo ... Alice
Ülle Kaljuste Ülle Kaljuste ... Emma
Marika Korolev Marika Korolev ... Eva
Kärt Tomingas Kärt Tomingas ... Lily
Ly Tedre Ly Tedre ... Mother
Marina Levtova ... Niina
Jaan Rekkor Jaan Rekkor ... Muna
Tõnu Kilgas Tõnu Kilgas ... Leo
Andres Lepik Andres Lepik ... Ants
Vladimir Laptev ... Captain
Sulev Teppart Sulev Teppart ... Nauding
Guido Kangur Guido Kangur ... Kaarel
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The life of Raimond Valgre, an Estonian songwriter of the 1930s and the 1940s, the political changes of his land and his life after war when his songs were considered not suitable for the Soviet way of life. Written by Andres Valdre <andres@cc.hut.fi>

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Selected as Estonia's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. See more »

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Those Old Love Letters
28 June 2017 | by proviantSee all my reviews

'Those Old Love Letters' is a love film as one can guess by its title, but the film is not only about love between its protagonists, but also love towards the music, and filmmaker's love towards the musician. Raimond Valgre was talented and popular singer/songwriter whose best years unfortunately fell into the era of World War II and Stalin's regime, and finally cut short way too early. It is a tragic story how a simple man full of dreams and talent is rolled over by war and politics.

Technically the low budget of the film shines through, and occasionally the film looks like made for TV production. The script is strong though and not banally corny, but rather sweet and compassionate with enough sympathy towards all the main characters. Little bits of nice dry Estonian humor adds more charm to the film.

I really found the black and white image usage in 'present day' and color in flashback interesting. This might have to something with the most of the story being told in flashbacks, but I think the black and white is also great metaphor for coldness and bleakness of Stalin era when the 'present day' events in the movie happened.


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1992 (Estonia) See more »

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Those Old Love Letters See more »

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Freyja Film See more »
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