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Rocks in My Pockets ()


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Signe Baumane and five women in her family battle with depression and madness.

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Signe Baumane ...
Self / narrator (voice)

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Signe Baumane

Written by

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Signe Baumane ... (writer)

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Signe Baumane ... producer
Paolo Polesello ... associate producer
Roberts Vinovskis ... co-producer
Sturgis Warner ... co-producer

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Kristian Sensini

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Signe Baumane
Wendy Cong Zhao

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Signe Baumane

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Undine Buka ... production manager: latvia
Rashida Nasir ... production manager

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Rob Daly ... sound recordist
Weston Fonger ... sound designer / re-recording mixer for english language version
Philippe LeSaux ... dialogue editor
Anete Vanaga ... dialogue editor / sound designer

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Signe Baumane ... animator

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Domenic Romano ... legal counsel
Shalizeh Sadig Romano ... legal counsel (as Shalizeh Sadig)

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Jimmy Picker ... thanks
Bill Plympton ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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, all women, battle madness, as well. Could there be a link between Anna and the four granddaughters? Defying the stigma that silences so many, Signe takes us on a journey deep into her own depression where she looks to confront the family demons.

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Taglines A crazy quest for sanity. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Akmeņi manās kabatās (Latvia)
  • Piedras en los bolsillos (Spain)
  • Kamienie w kieszeniach (Poland)
  • Kövek a zsebemben (Hungary)
  • ロックス・イン・マイ・ ポケッツ (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 88 min
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Trivia Official submission of Latvia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »
Quotes Signe Baumane: I sit at a living room table patiently cutting a sign that says 40 out of coloured cardboard. Her husband is turning 40 and this is a surprise party for him. The sign I'm cutting out is pretty meaningless on the scale of the Solar system. Tomorrow it will be thrown out in the garbage and forgotten but today it connects me with people. As the guests come in I show them where to put their coats and point them to the bar. We chat, we laugh. I move the muscles of the mask that covers my pain, it becomes a face again. The feeling of warmth and love melts a small part of my pain. I am a tiny particle in the bigger body of humanity. Acknowledging it and extending my hand to other people saves me from slashing my wrists with a kitchen knife.
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