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The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)

Melanijas hronika (original title)
Based on the true story of Melanija Vanaga, this film is a brutally realistic and terrifying account of the mass deportation of residents of Soviet-occupied Latvia that took place in June 1941.

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Viesturs Kairiss
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Credited cast:
Sabine Timoteo Sabine Timoteo ... Melanie
Edvins Mekss Edvins Mekss ... Andrejs
Ivars Krasts Ivars Krasts ... Aleksandrs
Guna Zarina Guna Zarina ... Katrina
Maija Doveika Maija Doveika ... Vilma
Viktor Nemets Viktor Nemets ... Ampalov
Evija Rudzite Evija Rudzite ... Biruta
Baiba Broka Baiba Broka ... Anna
Kirils Zaicevs Kirils Zaicevs ... Lieutenant of the NKVD troops
Astrida Kairisha ... Melanie's Mother
Lilita Ozolina ... Women in exile
Girts Krumins Girts Krumins ... Katrina's husband Karlis
Jana Civzele Jana Civzele ... Elza
Evija Martinsone Evija Martinsone ... Opera Solist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erwin Leder ... Jacob (as Edwin Leder)
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Storyline

In the early morning of June 14, 1941, under Stalin's orders, over 40 000 people from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were arrested, shoved into cattle cars and dispatched to permanent exile in Siberia. Among them - journalist Melanie and her 8 year old son Andrejs, forcibly separated from husband and father Aleksandrs. In the Siberian village women, ignorant of the fate of their husbands, are settled in badly built barracks and forced to work like slaves. Melanie keeps herself alive for her son and husband to whom she writes hundreds of love letters that are never sent, since his address remains unknown. She keeps her personal integrity in the face of starvation, hard work or disease. After 16 years, Melanie is released and returns to Riga, only to find out that her husband Alexander died in the camps in 1942. Written by Mistrus Media

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Latvia's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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Yes, Could Have Given More, But ..
20 November 2018 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

I agree w/some of the lower star reviews that more background history would have helped such as the tacit pact between Germany & Communist Soviet Union to not interfere in either nations expansion of their empires. Seems like Russia still has designs in that direction. Also, that the broad scope and depth of brutality would have added even more to this tale. In 1941 & 1949 the Soviets deported over 15,000 Latvians to either be shot (Malanija Vanaga's husband) or to work camps & prisons mostly in eastern Russia. Deportations & killings reaching hundreds of thousands were ongoing throughout the decades including Latvians living in Russia. I thought the black & white filming gave a period stark cold realism to these events.


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Language:

Latvian | Russian | German

Release Date:

1 November 2016 (Latvia) See more »

Also Known As:

Krönikan om Melanija See more »

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Budget:

EUR705,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,527
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Dolby Digital
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