One of the very best pictures every produced in Estonia, it's a controversial film, which, produced in the period of the gloomiest Soviet occupation and seemingly dealing with ethical problems inside the Communist party, reveals the true monstrous face of the totalitarian regime. I have no idea what the viewers in 1966 thought when they watched this film. I know that it was also shown in Russia, and probably the spectators there only saw one aspect of the story since this film was not banned as some other Estonian films (such as Madness) were. The film has a very Hollywoodian look to it. It's one great pile of flashbacks, whereas the story starts at the ending (so we actually know WHAT happened to Andres Lapeteus).
The director, Mr Kromanov, born in Tallinn as the son of Russian émigrés, is responsible for the best Estonian films produced. His The Last Relic is the Holy Grail of Estonian film, even though Lapeteus is much better. It has a very intriguing storyline, even though it might be difficult to understand if the viewer isn't familiar with Communist system and the double life that was constantly led in the Soviet occupied countries (Estonia was part of the Soviet Union between 1944 - 1991). The film features brilliant camera work, even though we are dealing with the 'old school' hollywoodian system which might be despised by some viewers. Nevertheless, the shots are extremely well constructed and the ensemble of actors executes their task very, very well.
Perfectly written, beautiful directed and shot, wonderfully acted and with great musical score by Eino Tamberg. Sexy Ada Lundver even flashes her ample breasts occasionally and has casual quick sex with men (not explicit). Probably one of those Estonian films, which might appeal to international audience when revived and released.
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