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Emilia.Breaking Free is a suspense drama about the fight for freedom in Soviet-repressed Lithuania - in a society where a more satiated life seems more important than honour, a clear ... See full summary »

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Donatas Ulvydas

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Jonas Banys
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Credited cast:
Ieva Andrejevaite ... Emilija
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriele Anicaite Gabriele Anicaite
Saulius Ciucelis Saulius Ciucelis
Tauras Cizas
Iveta Drulyte Iveta Drulyte
Darius Gumauskas Darius Gumauskas
Severija Janusauskaite
Valentin Novopolskij Valentin Novopolskij ... (as Valentinas Navapolskis)
Vidas Petkevicius
Artiom Rybakov Artiom Rybakov ... NKVD
Mile Sablauskaite Mile Sablauskaite ... (rumored)
Ramunas Simukauskas Ramunas Simukauskas
Ceslovas Stonys Ceslovas Stonys
Justas Tertelis Justas Tertelis
Remigijus Vilkaitis Remigijus Vilkaitis
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Emilia.Breaking Free is a suspense drama about the fight for freedom in Soviet-repressed Lithuania - in a society where a more satiated life seems more important than honour, a clear conscience or humanity. It is the spring of 1972, when young people take to the streets of Kaunas to demand freedom for Lithuania, and Emilia - a future actress and the hero of this intriguing drama - is marching with the protesting crowd towards the life of their dreams. But everything takes an unexpected turn. Having come to Kaunas with what is perhaps the greatest secret of her life, Emilia has to fight not only for her own fate, but for that of her friends as well. And life in Kaunas is far from what she had dreamed of. She is not sure the lies, betrayal and the love that struck her like lightning will help her keep her secret or even her life. But she is prepared to take on anything for the sake of what she believes in. Written by Zivile Gallego

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16 February 2017 (Lithuania) See more »

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Emilija Is Laisves Alejos See more »

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Fralita Films,Ulvyds See more »
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A honest review for non-Lithuanians
4 March 2017 | by caishaSee all my reviews

The story takes place in 1972, city of Kaunas, former Socialist Republic of Lithuania (now just Lithuania). The events coincide with famous self-immolation of dissident Romas Kalanta, which really took place and was hidden from wider public until the collapse of Soviet Union. The main plot however is fictional and centers on a group of young theater actors determined to show a play which contains not so subtle patriotic messages to free the country.

We, Lithuanians, seem to really like making sad books and movies, full of internal drama - and this is a good example. Staying true to this tradition, there is not a single comic relief in this 2 hour length feature film. However if you look closely, you would notice that the entire underlying system (Soviet rule) was a joke.

Western depictions often tend to show Soviet Union (and now Russia) in some sort of romantic light. The truth is that there was nothing romantic about it, ever. It was a system designed to rape people of their humanity and to propagate for no apparent reason. Emilia's movie tries to evoke this feeling by showing insane evil guys chasing a poor defenseless girl. It certainly adds to drama, but is not very realistic. Actual circumstances of the times were a lot more bleak and boring. I wish this feature would have taken a more subtle approach, showing the faceless and constant self-betrayal of values that really drove the people insane.

In Lithuania we do not have a big movie industry, therefore most of the actors came straight from the theater stage. This is very apparent, as most of the performances are static. Same expressions, limited movements, long monologues. These are not necessary bad, but probably quite different from what you're accustomed to in cinema. Luckily some awkwardness is offset by the fine work of operator - we can enjoy some good character angles and beautiful scenes of Kaunas city.

Overall this movie is not an Oscar material, but it has some unique flavor, which sets it apart. It reminded me the value of individual and social freedom, something that most people, even who know nothing of the events depicted, can still relate to. Therefore a recommended watch.


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