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Magnus (2007)

A handsome teenager Magnus wants to commit suicide and his father tries to change his mind.

Director:

Kadri Kõusaar

Writer:

Kadri Kõusaar
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anu Aaremäe Anu Aaremäe ... Girl from the Hospital
Piret Avila Piret Avila ... Mari
Hellar Bergmann Hellar Bergmann ... Priest
Boris Burachinski Boris Burachinski ... Restaurant Client
Ivo Goldi Ivo Goldi ... Client with Special Needs
Heiko Hiller Heiko Hiller ... Waiter
Aapo Ilves Aapo Ilves ... Drugdealer
Merle Jääger Merle Jääger ... Mother
Kaisa Karu Kaisa Karu ... Deafmute Chick No 2
Kristjan Kasearu Kristjan Kasearu ... Magnus
Marika Korolev Marika Korolev ... Psychiatrist / Prostitute
Mart Laisk Mart Laisk ... Father
Bille Neeve Bille Neeve ... Big-breasted Woman
Kristiina Nurmis Kristiina Nurmis ... Helle
Marianne Ostrat Marianne Ostrat ... Deafmute Chick No 1
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Storyline

Magnus is a sensitive boy from a family where no-one really cares about him. His parents consider that given food and shelter, their children will just grow up on their own. As a child Magnus suffers from a potentially fatal lung disease and he plays bizarre games to cheat death. Ten years later, modern medicine has cured the disease but Magnus' death wish continues. After his second attempt to take his own life his father's conscience finally awakens. He tries to convince his son to go on living by sharing his own unorthodox lifestyle. An uneasy and sometimes humorous relationship develops between Magnus and his father, leading to an unexpected conclusion... Written by KK

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Some species survive. And some don't... See more »

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Estonia | UK

Language:

Estonian

Release Date:

8 February 2008 (Latvia) See more »

Also Known As:

Магнус See more »

Filming Locations:

Hiiumaa, Estonia See more »

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Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Donus Films,Vitamin K Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kristjan Kasearu (Magnus) is a famous pop-star and singer in Estonia. See more »

Quotes

Father: We should go to a brothel.
Magnus: I should cut my throat.
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Soundtracks

Steal Compass/Drive North/Disappear
Written by Set Fire to Flames
Performed by Set Fire to Flames
© Fat Cat Records, 2001
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Beautifully told story of dark side of our life
9 June 2008 | by NordictigerSee all my reviews

It's beautifully told story about dark side of our life, about love (or lack of it) and life (or lack of it). But not only, it will give you some food for thought in many many areas. It's not ready-made fast food, you have to think along and thinking is not always easy thing to do. Being a parent will probably help you a bit. This film will tell you a lot if you care to listen.

There is something this film does not tell you but it may be good to know - Estonia is one of the top countries in male suicides per capita and by large talking about suicide is considered to be taboo. That may explain negative attacks toward film and director in reviews.

Technically it's not perfect movie, but it's good enough not to notice it while watching. Given virtually non-exciting budget - team has done excellent job there.

Give it a try, it's not for everyone, but it's well worth seeing.


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