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Autumn Ball (2007)

Sügisball (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 September 2007 (Estonia)
A film about the loneliness, despair and hope of six people who all live in a bleak Soviet-era apartment complex in Tallinn, Estonia.

Director:

Veiko Õunpuu

Writers:

Mati Unt (novel), Veiko Õunpuu (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rain Tolk Rain Tolk ... Mati
Taavi Eelmaa ... Shveitser Theo
Juhan Ulfsak Juhan Ulfsak ... Arhitekt Maurer
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Meestejuuksur Augusti Kaski
Tiina Tauraite Tiina Tauraite ... Arhitekt Maureri naine Ulvi
Maarja Jakobson Maarja Jakobson ... Laura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Hmelnitski Allan Hmelnitski ... Laulja restoranis
Janek Joost Janek Joost ... Theo ülemus
Karl Kermes Karl Kermes ... Jaan
Ülo Krigul Ülo Krigul ... Klahvipillimängija restoranis
Kaupo Käsik Kaupo Käsik ... Theo töökaaslane
Armin Kõomägi Armin Kõomägi ... Restoranikülastaja
Paul Laasik Paul Laasik ... Telekaparandaja
Erki Laur Erki Laur ... Maureri sõber
Mari Lill Mari Lill ... Poemüüja I
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Storyline

A young writer called Mati is stalking his ex-wife, while also trying to make unsuccessful passes at other women. Augusti is a barber living a dreary bachelor life who forms a bond with little girl, but his approaches are misconstrued as pedophilia. Laura, a single mom, tears up over sappy soap operas, but refuses real-life advances from clueless men, because her ability to trust has been ruined by her violent drunk of an ex-husband. Maurer, the architect, worries about the wellbeing of humanity, but ignores his own wife Ulvi, who in turn looks for solace in the arms of a coatroom attendant named Theo. Women have always liked Theo, but due to his low social status, they don't take him seriously. All of these people might inhabit identical tower blocks, but they couldn't feel more alienated from each other if they tried. Written by nihilistening

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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Estonia

Language:

Estonian

Release Date:

13 September 2007 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Autumn Ball See more »

Filming Locations:

Lasnamäe, Tallinn, Estonia

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Dolby SR

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Daring, but runs a little dry
12 September 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

Movies like this are easy to like. Dramatic, brutal stories told with black humor, interwoven in a way that makes it all a journey into a theme. Magnolia and Shortcuts comes to mind as great examples of this. Sügisball is a good attempt with high ambition, but sadly it fails to follow through on it.

Perhaps if the movie was a bit longer it would not be as obvious, but the characters within the stories told are all to similar. Not only in their loneliness (which, to me, seems to be the central theme of it all), but also in their situation, age, etc. I wish the stories were a bit more varied, as it would not have made the movie as dull as it was at times. But as mentioned, this could maybe have been fixed by shortening it by quite a bit.

That said, there are some great scenes in this movie, and some interesting and memorable characters.


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