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The story of the generation who lived through the entire Soviet period is told through the main character: his childhood spent in a village, true friendship, work in Soviet Klaipeda, thrilling eroticism, and a final, fatal love.


Gytis Luksas


Romualdas Granauskas (novel), Gytis Luksas (screenplay)
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Giedrius Kiela Giedrius Kiela ... Juozas Gaucys / Juzikas
Egle Mikulionyte Egle Mikulionyte
Oksana Borbat Oksana Borbat ... Mashka
Yevgeniya Varenitsa Yevgeniya Varenitsa ... Klara
Diana Aneviciute Diana Aneviciute ... Mother of Juozas Gaucys / Juzikas
Jurate Onaitite Jurate Onaitite ... Juozas Mothers neighbour
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mindaugas Ancevicius Mindaugas Ancevicius
Daumantas Ciunis Daumantas Ciunis
Sarunas Datenis Sarunas Datenis
Darius Gumauskas
Vladimiras Jefremovas Vladimiras Jefremovas
Valentinas Masalskis
Darius Meskauskas Darius Meskauskas ... Mashka's Father
Neringa Nekrasiute Neringa Nekrasiute
Valentin Novopolskij Valentin Novopolskij ... Dimka


The story of the generation who lived through the entire Soviet period is told through the main character: his childhood spent in a village, true friendship, work in Soviet Klaipeda, thrilling eroticism, and a final, fatal love.

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lithuania | communism | See All (2) »








Lithuanian | Russian

Release Date:

4 September 2009 (Lithuania) See more »

Also Known As:

Vortex See more »


Box Office


€700,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Selected to represent Lithuania in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2010 Academy Awards. See more »

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Black and white film that is Full of Colour!
18 November 2009 | by vcutySee all my reviews

I watched this good film,or shall i say Art film in Cairo's film festival November 2009 IN Egypt, its in the main competition films i was so impressed bec we do not get to watch many films coming from Lithuania and what impressed me about the film is the Art elements in it..some so unique and not found in rest of them first it being shot in black and white has really added to the film in portraying that time phase with all its depressing circum stances from poverty ..to oppression to loss of hope..etc i will not talk about the plot nor about the story line because it can easily be guessed out, but i would rather talk about what really made me admire it, the acting high level of performance..and about the ending the acting level was so high so well yet so natural the ending is so new and many critics mentioned they did not like it nor appreciate it they thought it kills the film to propose 2 endings but i found it so smart for those who catched the meaning behind it.. we got the chance to meet us with one of the producers later after the film ended- Miss gouda whom her English was very good and she said that this film is based on an original Novel and they proposed this ending to the director in the last minute and he agreed and he thought to him self,,oh god why didn't i think of this before ! it was clever she also mentioned that this film is nominated to be in the academy awards as in best foreign film section or category..i think it has a chance of wining this is not a box office film,its a pure art film,for those who can enjoy that ,i do recommend that you go to see it if you found it available in your country to be bought. i wish the best of luck to the crew to keep up the good work ,well done from an Egyptian film critic point of view :)

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