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The Highway Crossing (1999)

Ristumine peateega (original title)
Surprised by rain and sudden darkness Laura and Roland, a young couple hitch-hiking on an empty road, decide to seek shelter at a nearby country house. Osvald, the owner, seems to know the ... See full summary »

Director:

Arko Okk

Writers:

Arko Okk, Jaan Tätte (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Andrus Vaarik Andrus Vaarik ... Osvald
Piret Kalda Piret Kalda ... Laura
Jaan Tätte Jaan Tätte ... Roland
Emil Urbel Emil Urbel ... Golden Fish
Andres Tarand Andres Tarand ... Voice of Golden Fish
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Surprised by rain and sudden darkness Laura and Roland, a young couple hitch-hiking on an empty road, decide to seek shelter at a nearby country house. Osvald, the owner, seems to know the deeper meaning of their unexpected visit. His strange behaviour leads to an equally strange offer: Osvald wants to buy Roland's wife. Laura and Roland start to play along, only to discover that their host is not kidding. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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1000 times better than Indecent Proposal
10 March 2003 | by letsrock77See all my reviews

Despite the simple plot and the low-budget style the film has a remarkable depth, and makes you think about questions like "What would I do for $1.000.000.000?" or "What is the most important thing in life?". For me the film is about the changing of personality when assuming different roles in life. It is also has a "reality meets fairy tale" feeling, which makes it possible to view the movie from different angles. It is also fun to watch how people react to weird situations.

The characters are fairly complex and all of them switch several times during the movie. Osvald for example goes from a woody local fisherman to a person of ultimate power and back in the blink of an eye. The simple and average-looking couple also shows exceptional behaviour when exposed to $1 billion, like aggression or forgetting about all the basic values in life, such as love and dignity.

There is no moaning and pondering about the girl and the money, and morality comes only in the form of remorse after accepting the hm... decent proposal.

The filming and casting is also just decent, but fits very well into the real-life environment of the film that well-known stars would inevitably destroy. If you have an hour free, watch this movie... It is worth missing your favorite soap :)

For the idea and the funny conversations I give the film 9/10.


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Official Sites:

Acuba Film | TipTheAuthors [EST]

Country:

Estonia

Language:

Estonian

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Highway Crossing See more »

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Production Co:

Acuba Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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