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Naerata ometi (1985)

A sensitive girl struggles with first love and bullying in a 1980's Soviet orphanage.


Leida Laius, Arvo Iho (co-director)


Silvia Rannamaa (novel), Marina Sheptunova (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monika Järv Monika Järv ... Mari Lehiste
Hendrik Toompere Jr. Hendrik Toompere Jr. ... Robi
Tauri Tallermaa Tauri Tallermaa ... Tauri
Katrin Tamleht Katrin Tamleht ... Katrin
Kerttu Aaving Kerttu Aaving ... Kerttu
Edith-Helen Kuusk Edith-Helen Kuusk ... Melita
Siiri Sisask Siiri Sisask ... Siiri
Janika Kalmus Janika Kalmus ... Anne
Helle Kuningas Helle Kuningas ... Teacher
Mari Lill Mari Lill ... Robi's mother
Evald Hermaküla Evald Hermaküla ... Mari's father Ülo
Eduard Tinn Eduard Tinn ... Tauri's father
Anneli Aunap Anneli Aunap
Rein Pakk Rein Pakk ... Rein
Manfred Kärblane Manfred Kärblane


Teenage Mari is sent to an orphanage. It's an awful and unfriendly place to be. But soon two rival leading boys both show up their interest against the girl. Which one should she fall in love with, the good or the bad one ? Unbelivable realistic picture of an orphanage-life in Soviet Union is given. Good acting. Written by Peterzell

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Family | Drama




Soviet Union



Release Date:

21 April 1988 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzieciece zabawy See more »

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Good movie about Soviet Estonia orphanage
17 August 2012 | by gunnu88See all my reviews

I wanted to write a recommandation here. Naerata ometi (1985) is one of better films about children with problems or/and bad fate. It is technically simple but deeply believable movie. Although themes like alcoholism , bullying, suicide are depressing movie has its humanism and hope for better tomorrow. This is my first review here and i chose this not famous movie to recommend. Other movies i like have a lot of good reviews (movies from Fellini, Chaplin, Satiyait Ray , Kubrick, Renoir and others).

My vote is 10

Ps Movie is hard to find but it is in youtube Sorry for bad English and all the best

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