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The Little Comrade (2018)

Seltsimees laps (original title)
In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, six-year-old Leelo's mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother's last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best ... See full summary »

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Moonika Siimets

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Moonika Siimets
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tambet Tuisk ... Feliks
Helena Maria Reisner Helena Maria Reisner ... Leelo
Yuliya Aug ... Ljudmilla
Juhan Ulfsak ... Paul Varik
Maria Avdjushko Maria Avdjushko ... Makajeva
Argo Aadli Argo Aadli ... Ratsasõidu Jaan
Indrek Taalmaa Indrek Taalmaa ... Uncle Artur
Maarja Jakobson Maarja Jakobson ... Aunt Liilia
Aarne Soro Aarne Soro ... Uncle Ott
Kadri Rämmeld Kadri Rämmeld ... Aunt Iida
Tarmo Song Tarmo Song ... Uncle Mart
Anna Sergejeva Anna Sergejeva ... Galina
Hilje Murel Hilje Murel ... Hairdresser Olja
Carmen Mikiver Carmen Mikiver ... Hairdresser Carmen
Sandra Uusberg Sandra Uusberg ... Hairdresser Sandra
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In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, six-year-old Leelo's mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother's last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best behaviour in the confusing grown-up world in the hope that it will bring her mother back.

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Country:

Estonia

Language:

Estonian | Russian

Release Date:

23 March 2018 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Comrade See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia

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Amrion See more »
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Trivia

Won BNK Busan Bank Award (Audience Award) at 2018 Busan International Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Leelo: What does this 'comrade' mean?
Feliks: Comrade is... a respected person.
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A warm-hearted yet realistic story in complex times
2 January 2019 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

When there is no ongoing war, but a regime is dictatorial, then children are under no direct oppression as there are attempts to make them obedient and future followers. Mostly through ideology - as well presented in Seltsimees laps, were ideas, things, events etc. interesting to children are used. Partially with some success, even if adult people close to them show and talk different things. Leelo appears in the middle of "mess" and thanks to her upbringing, her own cleverness and observation skills she did not become a numb Soviet, but a poet well known and admired in Estonia.

It is thanks to her books behind the script, above all, that the benchmark for the film is strong already. Including distinct characters and good performances (starting from elena Maria Reisner as Leelo and Tambet Tuisk as Feliks), but also in smaller roles. The mood is well captured as well, with some uneasiness due to the era and environment, but also some humorous moments and dialogues, when a child appears in the company of adults, or tries to comprehend the differences between apparent and real.

This film has already won several big prizes and I am sure many are to come. Thanks to its method of depiction, it should be understandable also to those with no direct or indirect experience in oppressing regimes.


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