Modris, a 17-year-old, is like many teenagers in his small town. He has developed an addiction to gambling and is frequently in trouble. As his mother turns him to the police, now he struggles to keep out of jail.
Modris (17) is no better or worse than his peers. He goes to school, has a girlfriend, some good friends. His gambling addiction makes his relationship with mother difficult. They live alone and she doesn't miss a chance to remind him his father is in prison and Modris has a bad gene. Their boiling relationship goes over the lid, when Modris pawns his mother's electric heater, trying to squeeze a win from a slot machine. She betrays him to the police and Modris is sentenced to two years probation. This is when his adventures with the Latvian justice system start, along with the change of his relationship to the outside world and his new goal: to find the father he has never met.Written by
The film had its world premiere in 2014 on 9th of September at Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected at the official selection for Contemporary World Cinema. See more »
Modris, a film by Juris Kursietis: Latvia's 2014 Oscar submission
Modris is a naturalistic portrait of a Latvian teenager adrift in an indifferent, austere society. The title character stumbles through life always on the verge of making a wrong decision: whether in small-time gambling, confrontations with authority figures, or fraught conversations with a mother who doesn't know how to do her son right.
Modris won Best Debut Film at the Latvian National Film Festival and was Latvia's submission for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2015. Kursietis was awarded Best Director at Tbilisi and Best New Director at San Sebastián.
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