It's late 1930's. Foreseeing the upcoming war in Europe, Lithuanian geographer Feliksas Gruodis comes up with an idea to save his country by establishing a Lithuanian colony overseas. The ...
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It's late 1930's. Foreseeing the upcoming war in Europe, Lithuanian geographer Feliksas Gruodis comes up with an idea to save his country by establishing a Lithuanian colony overseas. The plan is a massive exodus to the so called "Reserve Lithuania" in case of occupation. Feliksas tries to sell his idea to one of the most important persons of the state - a grey cardinal of the president, the prime minister Jonas Servus. Dismissing the idea at first, soon the prime minister experiences a heart stroke as the country gets the first signs of war at it's borders. As the president uses his illness to turn him into a scapegoat, the already ex-prime minister gets back to Feliksas, persuades him to reveal his plan and offers his help. The hope to implement the plan doesn't bring much light to Feliksas' personal life. Him and his wife, a childless couple, live in a stiff and cold relationship. As Feliksas finds a fulfilment in his utopia, his wife Veronika finds no way to diminish her ...Written by
Official submission of Lithuania for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »
What were those last twenty minutes?
This movie starts off very strong - good actors, beautiful decors, interesting plot, events, etc. One of my friends even told me they did a great job on working on the accent of Kaunas from that time period (I read the subtitles).
Though the main plot is excellent, and would suffice for the whole movie, the director or script writers decided to add a bunch of sub-plots. Some kind of work. The main sub-plot is horrendous though, and kind of ruins the whole film. I couldn't really describe what this sub-plot is, because nether I nor my friends could really understand what it was, should represent, what was happening, etc. I can only - no spoilers - describe it as "protagonist's personal family drama". I had no idea what was going on - no idea what his relation to his niece is (were they building up something? Where does she disappear to at the end of the film?), who the hell "Antanas" is at the end of the movie, what that last apartment shot is supposed to be, etc., etc. There are tons of unintelligible hints at non-explained and non-existant backstories (and I usually love elements that I don't fully grasp), and so on. Not only useless, but kind of ruining the rest.
It would be well worth it to re-cut the film, and cut out that whole sub-plot. Just cut it all out, no regrets. Also, it's easy to tell that the director love the "over the shoulder walking behind the main character" camera shot. It becomes a little repetitive. A few of those could be cut out as well.
Other than that, the photography is beautiful.
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