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Love triangle - terminally ill professor, blind girl and young bard. In the background - wild arrival of the capitalism, political conflicts, city life and beautiful nature of Latvia. In the end love conquers everything.

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Credited cast:
Ivars Kalnins ... Eduks
Arturs Skrastins Arturs Skrastins ... Beisiks
Agnese Zeltina Agnese Zeltina ... Agnese
Kristal Streich Kristal Streich ... Aivars
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Romualds Ancans ... Vincents
Baiba Broka Baiba Broka ... Pusaudze
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Melodramatic movie with colorful elements of comedy and songs that have deeply rooted in the Latvian folklore. Love triangle - terminally ill university teacher, blind girl and young bard. In the background - wild arrival of the capitalism, political conflicts, city life and beautiful nature of Latvia. In the end love conquers everything though not everybody lives to witness that. Written by Janis

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Жернова судьбы See more »

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A solid B
29 December 2003 | by pupedisSee all my reviews

Liktendzirnas is a flawed film that manages to capture the spirit of the years shortly following Latvian independence despite it's tendency towards overwrought sentimentality and substandard production values. Eduks, Ivars Kalnins, is a college professor caught between the reality of the present and the desire to regain the past. He has inherited a mill. To him the mill holds priceless sentimental value. To his ex-wife and children the mill has only of monetary value. He wants to restore the mill to it's former glory and live happily ever after in it's pastoral setting. Everyone else is pressuring him to sell it and get all that he can while he can. There is no shortage of buyers, including Vincent, Romualds Ancans, a quasi-Mafiosi, who wants to turn the mill into a Roman bath/brothel. Eduks is joined in his struggle to restore the old mill by Agnese, Agnese Zeltina, and Beisiks, Arturs Skrastins. Agnese is an old student of his who, in a twist of fate, had lost her eyesight years ago after being struck by a car driven by Vincents. Beisiks is a young musician wandering from job to job who knows every Latvian folk song, but dresses like a Metallica groupie. This broad soap opera outline is symbolic of all that was happening in Latvia at the time and, to a point, is continuing in the present day. Shortly after independence, as people reclaimed properties usurped by the Soviets, similar real-life stories were played out all over Latvia. The joy of our regained independence often had to take a back-seat to the need to live and the desire to thrive in a Capitalist society. A society in which traditional Latvian values, at times, clashed head on with the realties of having to make a buck. Eduks represents the idealized model of what a Latvian is. Strong, stoic, and with a lyrical love of the land. Always willing to do the right thing. Vincent symbolizes the forces of change that were sweeping through the nation. He borders the fine line between a legitimate businessman and an old fashioned crime boss. Beisiks symbolizes the lost youth of the current generation. Aimless and fatalistic. Proud of his heritage while adopting the mannerisms and language of Western culture. Trying to bridge the two into one. Agnese represents the Latvians who have decided to make the best of what they have despite all of the obstacles. Liktendzirnas is not a great film, but it is a good one. Streics starts off slowly, but eventually manages to create a believable story full of lyricism and warmth. However, what really makes the film work is the performances of the actors, primarily of Skrastins. Skrastins manages to capture the dichotomy of Latvian youth. Caught in a mess that was not of their making and persevering with a combination of fatalistic resignation and youthful exuberance and optimism. Kalnins brings just the right note of soul to Eduks without, as often happens in Latvian films, making him seem overly dramatic and brooding. This film could have easily have turned into a heavy melodrama, but in the end it manages to tell it's story with humor and warmth. It captures the hardships of adjusting to a new world and manages to show the difficulty of reconciling our expectations with the realities life. There is a bit of these characters in all of us.


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