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Metsluiged (1987)

A film based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Wild Swans" about a princess who rescues her eleven brothers from a spell cast by an evil queen.


Helle Karis (as Helle Murdmaa)


Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale "The Wild Swans"), Helle Karis (as Helle Murdmaa) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Katri Horma ... Eliise
Juris Zagars Juris Zagars ... Young King
Andrejs Zagars ... Archbishop (as Andris Zagars)
Ines Aru ... Good Mother
Gunnar Kilgas ... King, Eliise's Father
Liina Orlova Liina Orlova ... Evil Queen
Helend Peep Helend Peep ... Vanataat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jürmo Eespere Jürmo Eespere ... Eliise's Brother
Kaspar Jancis Kaspar Jancis ... Eliise's Brother
Ene Järvis Ene Järvis ... Witch
Milvi Jürgenson Milvi Jürgenson ... Witch
Luule Komissarov Luule Komissarov ... Witch
Hardi Kompa Hardi Kompa ... Eliise's Brother
Arvo Kruusement ... Kojaülem
Kristjan Kruusement Kristjan Kruusement ... Eliise's Brother


Once upon a time, a King had eleven sons and one daughter. When his wife, the Queen, died, the King remarried. The new wife and the children's stepmother looks beautiful on the outside, but actually she's an evil witch. She sends the young princess Eliise to live in the village as an ordinary peasant girl and turns all the princes into wild swans. The princes are stuck being swans all day long and only at night can they regain their true form. When Eliise is 15 years old, she learns about the fate of her brothers and now she must overcome the obstacles put in her way by her stepmother in order to release her brothers from the spell. Written by nihilistening

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Soviet Union



Release Date:

18 December 1987 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Die elf Schwäne See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Tallinnfilm See more »
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Metsluiged (wild swans)
29 November 2005 | by tuulitexSee all my reviews

if you have read the original story by H. C. Andersen, you already know a little. if you have ever held a nettle in your hand, you know it better. and if you would sacrifice anything for the sake of your loved ones, you know it best.

yet still you should watch this movie. with characters brought into life, in a way that their glance and voice will go through you like a thorn. with a girl whose strength and loyalty, love and yearning might bring death to her, and of ugly, worthless, envious souls who want to harm her, take away every bit of happiness she has in her terribly difficult mission. doubt, trust, defenselessness devotion, risk and despair follow hand by hand, and you get the most passionate, soul touching story you have heard. 11 swans in the mist of the sea. magic of the nature, a miserable cell of a workshop, where the girl weaves nettle shirts... a graveyard full of demons, whom you won't recognize by day. power and distrust. and a not completely, but still relatively happy end. this is no sweet melodrama. this is bitter, and sour, and changing as the wind.

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