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Elze's Life (2000)

Elze Is Gilijos (original title)
At the end of the 19th century, proud but poor fisherman Jurgaitis gets imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. His beautiful daughter Elze is sent to live with rich German merchant Michael. There she falls for his son Endrik.

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Algimantas Puipa
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Cast

Credited cast:
Egle Jaselskyte Egle Jaselskyte ... Elze
Janina Lapinskaite Janina Lapinskaite ... Grita
Andrius Paulavicius ... Endrikas
Kostas Smoriginas ... Elze's father
Antanas Surna ... Grünbaum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rokas Adlis Rokas Adlis
Povilas Gaidys ... Pastor
Elena Gaigalaite Elena Gaigalaite
Ferdinandas Jaksys Ferdinandas Jaksys
Irena Kriauzaite Irena Kriauzaite ... Woman on a pier
Arvydas Lebeliunas Arvydas Lebeliunas ... Labutis
Vanda Marcinskaite Vanda Marcinskaite ... Maid
Jonas Pakulis Jonas Pakulis ... Judge (as Ionas Pakulis)
Eduardas Pauliukonis Eduardas Pauliukonis ... Mikolas Andromajtis
Vidas Petkevicius
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At the end of the 19th century, proud but poor fisherman Jurgaitis gets imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. His beautiful daughter Elze is sent to live with rich German merchant Michael. There she falls for his son Endrik.

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Love was all she had

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Country:

Lithuania | Germany

Language:

Lithuanian

Release Date:

7 April 2000 (Lithuania) See more »

Also Known As:

Elze's Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Janina Lapinskaite as a director
22 July 2004 | by DamienWasHereSee all my reviews

Having seen two short films, both directed by Janina Lapinskaite, I'm starting to think that she might be the greatest director on Earth. If you think ELZE IS GILIJOS is enchanting and brilliant, try Lapinskaite's other short film, THE LIFE OF ELVES -- it's a masterpiece. You'll be mesmerized.

I know that I should be offering my opinion on ELZE in this forum, but I am forced to concentrate on the brilliance of Lapinskaite's direction. Anyone who sees The Life of Elves will be haunted by the stark images of the elderly dwarf carrying the family's daily chicken dinner to the chopping block, and the haggard family digging on their hands and knees in search of a potato or two. Watching the the three, elderly, elfish siblings sitting awestruck around the ancient television waiting for the weather report and hoping for Spring is strangely not so tragic.

What would this director do with a big budget? It boggles the mind. I can't describe this director by comparing her to anyone -- maybe Diane Arbus -- but in essence she is peerless.

Damien


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