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Zero Point (2014)

Nullpunkt (original title)
After being denounced as an outcast in school and frightened away from home by his mother's developing schizophrenia, there is no other way out for Johannes but to start improving his life by reforming himself.

Director:

Mihkel Ulk

Writers:

Margit Keerdo-Dawson (screenwriter), Margit Keerdo-Dawson (as Margit Keerdo) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Märt Pius ... Johannes
Epp Eespäev Epp Eespäev ... Johannes' Mother - Ema
Uku Arop Uku Arop ... Zaiid (as Suur Papa)
Tambet Tuisk ... Gunnar Post
Saara Kadak Saara Kadak ... Bianka
Linda Kolde Linda Kolde ... Liisa
Reimo Sagor ... Bert
Henrik Kalmet Henrik Kalmet ... Esko
Brigitte Susanne Hunt Brigitte Susanne Hunt ... Paula
Liis Lindmaa Liis Lindmaa ... Riina
Aleksander Eeri Laupmaa Aleksander Eeri Laupmaa ... Karmo
Ingmar Jõela Ingmar Jõela ... Raimo
Christopher Rajaveer Christopher Rajaveer ... Mihkel
Külliki Saldre Külliki Saldre ... Teacher Irina
Kärt Tomingas Kärt Tomingas ... Teacher Pille
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Storyline

Johannes, son of a schizophrenic mother who frequently avoids her meds, transfers to an elite high school to help his career as a poet (and remains the only family member willing to live with his mom). His school reputation soon becomes wrongfully tarnished by a former classmate. Now aggressively blackballed, he also falls victim to plagiarism by a visiting graduate music producer. Furthering his troubles, ne'er-do-well pals from the streets get him trouble with the law and lend no support as Johannes runs afoul of a hot-tempered street hustler. When you hit bottom, it's time to climb and determine who your true friends are. Written by statmanjeff

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Estonia

Language:

Estonian | English | Swedish

Release Date:

4 December 2014 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero Point See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the movie, in a scene with three security guards, the author of the novella on which this film is based appears for a short role as a security chief. See more »

Quotes

Ege: How are you feeling?
Johannes: [awakening after a rough night] I feel alive, I guess.
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Versatile depiction of ups and downs of modern school-leavers
20 March 2016 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Being aware that I am not a member of target audience here, I am also aware that Estonian films have become more interesting; we have always had good performers, but most scripts were "domestic" and/or subject to ideology.

The current century has brought a new breath of air into Estonian cinema and I am glad to announce that Nullpunkt is a good example of a mix of convincing plot, realistic characters and distinct performers (casting). 25-years-old Märt Pius is persuasive and realistic as 18- years-old Johannes and the background and situations he meets with are part of modern society in Estonia as well - social exclusion, stratification, drug use, cliquishness and many other largely negative phenomena the youth has to come across and deal with in a way or another. Even if you win, there are consequences, so the victories are often Pyrrhic...

As for other performances, they are all at least good, although I saw more joint dynamism in "older" characters, all performed by acclaimed Estonian actors, in spite of the role scale. Some Johannes' classmates seemed a bit sketchy, their inclusion was not always grounded, although it provided some wide scope and view.

So, a good youth film, apparently easily to identify with - for the younger generation. For me, the last words of Johannes were a bit odd and out of context, but then - see my first words of my review... :)


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