- 1h 49m
Year 1208. The first Eastward enlargement of Europe is under way. Brutal forces of the Teutonic Order are steadily marching on. In their path live a simple and peaceful people, whose main pastimes include cultivating the earth, singing and, if possible, doing both at the same time. They are the Estonians. Ignorant in the ways of war, they find an unlikely leader in a young boy with Catholic upbringing. In their fight for freedom, the Estonians encounter numerous obstacles, including the Germans, French, Russians and, worst of all, the Latvians. Will they succeed in defeating their enemies or will they experience a cultural awakening? —Anonymous
Deep touching film about history of Estonia, bright humor, parody of nowadays American historical movies
Film director Kaaren Kaer with his friends has made an excellent film about history of Estonia - little country in Eastern Europe. Some people call it parody, yes, may be it is parody of film. But actually it touches all the European history and many European countries (France,Italy, Germany, Russia)in 12th century. This film has surprisingly fresh feeling: I can call it also the parody of historical movies, author laughts about large scale American movies with thousands of fighters and the seas with blood. We can call it black humor, I can only admire directors courage to show his own country, people and history in such a sarcastic way.And this film is good way to understand the way of thinking of little countries and their strange culture. After I saw this film, I can say: this film discovers new style of historical movies, that is stylish and shocking as was Lars Von Triir's movie Idiots in 1998. If Western Europe has nothing to say anymore, Eastern Europe has not spoken yet!!!
- Oct 7, 2006
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