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Rocks in My Pockets (2014)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Drama | 22 August 2014 (Latvia)
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Signe Baumane and five women in her family battle with depression and madness.

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Signe Baumane

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Latvia, the late 1920s. Anna, a young woman, pretty and educated, falls in love with an adventurous entrepreneur, 30 years her senior. But with marriage comes great jealousy, and the entrepreneur hides Anna away in the forest, far from other men, where she bears him eight children. The Great Depression hits them hard. Then Latvia is overrun with invasions by the Soviets, then the Nazis, then the Soviets once again. Anna is a pillar of strength, defying the hardships, raising her young, teaching them survival secrets of the forest. But something inside her is terribly wrong. Years later, Signe, a young artist, asks her father, "how did my grandmother die?" Her father is evasive. His seven siblings are evasive, as well. Signe strongly suspects that Anna committed suicide. Clues of mental illness had always leaked through the family stories. Signe suffers from depression herself. Her suicidal fantasies get her locked away for four months in a Soviet mental institute. Three of her cousins...

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A crazy quest for sanity.


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USA | Latvia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (Latvia) See more »

Also Known As:

Akmeni Manaas Kabataas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,674, 5 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,518, 28 September 2014
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Official submission of Latvia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

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Signe Baumane: I was reading the complete works of Victor Hugo for the second time when my mother opened the door: Don't be rude! Come and greet your visiting relatives. But mom, I am at the most interesting place! Put the book down, the relatives won't be here forever, the book will wait. With a sigh I put the book down and grumpily went to see the relatives. For some reason I saw talking to people as a waste of time, they never seemed to offer the wrapture that a good book did. Nor did they possess an ...
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Stunning and Beautiful; Do Not Miss
17 September 2014 | by Aija Marie Ozols GibsonSee all my reviews

This is one of the most important films of our generation. A must-see. A stunning, rich, poignant piece which exposes issues that no other filmmakers have been brave enough to address. Watching it is like having a window into the minds of writers and artists who we have lost to depression and suicide- the contrast of the fight for survival, living with enhanced sensitivity, and struggling with the often cruel and icy world in which one is expected to thrive. It is a masterfully-woven visual story; comedic at times, captivating, and filled with tears and wonder. The gift of hearing the film-maker's voice throughout the movie reminds you that there is, indeed, living hope. One of the few films I am looking forward to purchasing and handing down to the next generation.


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