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The Foundation of Criminal Excellence (2018)

Kriminalas ekselences fonds (original title)
Imants Veide is writing a script about con artists and their schemes. Together with his friend Harijs Kuharjonoks he's trying them out for real for greater authenticity, but gets too entangled in real criminal schemes.


Oskars Rupenheits
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauris Klavins Lauris Klavins ... Imants Veide
Andris Daugavins Andris Daugavins ... Harijs Kuharjonoks
Maris Micerevskis Maris Micerevskis ... Dulkis
Armands Brakmanis Armands Brakmanis ... Alge
Juris Riekstins Juris Riekstins ... Vintazs
Jana Rubina Jana Rubina ... Neighbor
Janis Plaudis Janis Plaudis ... Inkognito
Rudolfs Putans Rudolfs Putans ... TV Producer
Sintija Andersone Sintija Andersone ... Trainee
Raimonds Platacis Raimonds Platacis ... TV Director
Janis Asaris Janis Asaris ... TV Chief
Miks Kalejs Miks Kalejs ... TV Project Manager
Didzis Kalejs Didzis Kalejs ... TV Art Department Coordinator
Andris Bekmanis Andris Bekmanis ... TV Lawyer
Maris Brokans Maris Brokans ... Inkognito's Right-Hand Man


Con artists, a gun and a stolen mutt - this crime comedy follows Imants Veide who is writing a script about con artists and their schemes. Together with his friend Harijs Kuharjonoks he's trying them out for real for greater authenticity, but gets too entangled in real criminal schemes. More and more colorful characters appear on the horizon, but Imant's main adversary on the road to criminal excellency is his Neighbour, a true iron lady with balls bigger than all those involved combined. Written by Sergejs Timonins

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5 liters of fake blood (not to mention all the blood, sweat and tears of the entire cast and crew) were used during the making of the film. However, this was not enough, so in some scenes beetroot juice and raspberry jam was used as well. Actor Andris Daugavins, who plays Harry Kucharyonok, particularly hated the jam - if jam was used, he would constantly be surrounded by flies and once, when he was taking off his trousers, the hair on his right leg was accidentally waxed off because of the jam. See more »

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Faith in Latvian movies restored
23 February 2018 | by QueryVillainSee all my reviews

I don't like Latvian movies. Can appreciate some classics, but in general I will avoid anything coming from Latvian filmmaker. It's mostly due to acting - feels forced / theatre like. Plain and boring cinematography is another trademark and most plots are way too straight forward for my liking with nothing seemingly happening.

And then there is this. Probably the most interesting film we have now, it's definitely worth watching. It just feels... Different.

Cinematography is finally not bland, Film is filled with details / exposition, different camera angles are put in use. It really looks good throughout Plot is interesting and things actually do happen. Like other review here mentioned at some points it even has some surreal elements. Characters are fleshed out and acting feels genuine. At no point I thought I am watching the usual Shakespearean play, most Latvian actors are so keen to do

Oh and it is genuinely funny. Forgot to mention I don't like Latvian comedies. At least on the big screen. There are some funny short sketches, mostly older stuff, but in general I am not a fan. But boy oh boy, this movie had some really good moments. Nothing obnoxious, it was just the way I like it. The idea in movie of "how certain item was sold" was absolutely hilarious, still cracks me up.

The only off putting thing that I could think about, is the generally harsh language, suppose some might not like that. But it fits in, language is not forced it does feel appropriate to this narrative

Absolutely recommend to go watch this, it will pleasantly surprise you. It sure did me

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2 February 2018 (Latvia) See more »

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