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Midsummer Madness (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 October 2007 (Austria)
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A comedy that follows a group of people immersed in Latvia's summer solstice celebration, the shortest night of the year.

Director:

Alexander Hahn

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Alexander Hahn (screenplay), Alexander Hahn (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orlando Wells Orlando Wells ... Curt
Gundars Abolins ... Oskars
Maria de Medeiros ... Livia
Dominique Pinon ... Toni
Chulpan Khamatova ... Aida
Tobias Moretti ... Peteris
Detlev Buck Detlev Buck ... Axel
Roland Düringer Roland Düringer ... Karl
Birgit Minichmayr ... Maija
Daniil Spivakovskiy ... Foma
Aurelija Anuzhite Aurelija Anuzhite ... Natasha
Yevgeni Sitokhin Yevgeni Sitokhin ... Leonid
Victor McGuire ... Mike
Benito Sambo Benito Sambo ... Yuki
Peter Faerber Peter Faerber ... Egons
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Storyline

Janu Nakts (St. John's Night) is a traditional Latvian celebration during which family and friends gather to build bonfires, barbecue, drink and generally have a good time. According to legend, lovers and those who would like to fall in love, can search the woods for the "magic fern" on this night. This magic fern serves as the focus and pivotal point of the six stories in "Midsummer Madness" It is also a metaphor for the film's underlying theme - finding love. "MIDSUMMER MADNESS " is reflected in the recurring element of the magic fern, a metaphor (both in the film and in real life) for love. The question posed by the film is: can a search for love ever be successful? Each story deals with this question. An answer is provided at the film's conclusion in a humorous and unforgettable way: we see the legendary fern, glowing magically in a meadow. It exists after all! Then a cow ambles along and eats it. The deeper message, which is not obvious to the audience, is therefore: Yes, a ... Written by Joe W. Wrist

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Latvia | UK | Austria | Russia

Language:

English | Latvian | Russian | French

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Car kresne noci See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Synchro Film, Austria)

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Color
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Quotes

Customs Officer: American?
Curt: Yeah.
Customs Officer: Fingerprints.
Curt: Why?
Customs Officer: You take our fingerprints. So... we take yours.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, there is a short scene showing the customs officer in Riga airport, repeating a line from the beginning of the film, but ending the sentence differently. See more »

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Midsummer Madness - The Director's Cut aka Version East. See more »

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Referenced in Blakus (2019) See more »

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Bublichki Twist
Arranged by Boris Reznik
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the game is Riga'd
19 December 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Alexander Hahn's "Midsummer Madness" reminded me a bit of Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train", with a bunch of people independently doing similar things. In this case the story takes place in Latvia during the celebration of summer solstice, or Jāņi in Latvian. Some of the characters are Latvian citizens, some are travelers, but this particular day holds some surprising experiences for everyone.

The movie is half focus on the characters' quirks and mishaps, half look at the Latvian countryside. When I went to Latvia I pretty much stayed in Riga, but the rest of the country looks beautiful. In one scene, the taxi driver tells the visitor that Latvian male names end in S (such as Gundars Āboliņš). Thanks to Wikipedia I've seen that when male names from other languages get written in Latvian, they add S on the end.

The movie itself is OK, not great. The best part is the focus on the relationships between the characters. We get to hear Latvian, English, French and Russian spoken. The cast includes Orlando Wells (Susannah York's son), Maria de Medeiros (Butch's wife in "Pulp Fiction") and Dominique Pinon (who always appears in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's movies). What a mixture for a celebration in the former Soviet republic. If I ever go back there - along with Estonia and Lithuania - I'll make sure to go to the countryside. Dievs, svētī Latviju!


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