The Little Comrade

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Showings

Marcus Rochester Cinema Sat, Apr 20 12:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Members:$11.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Seltsimees laps
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Tags:Drama
Women Directors
Historical Drama
Family Drama
Literary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:100 min
Country/Region:Estonia
Language:Estonian
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Estonian Film Institute
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weeJPOE0khg
Cast/Crew
Director:Moonika Siimets
Producer:Riina Sildos
Cinematographer:Rein Kotov
Screenwriter:Moonika Siimets
Editor:Tambet Tasuja
Composer:Tõnu Kõrvits
Principal Cast:Helena Maria Reisner
Eva Koldits
Tambet Tuisk
Juhan Ulfsak
Maria Klenskaja
Julia Aug

Description

This poignant coming-of-age story shows the effect of the Stalinist terror visited on the Baltic countries in the 1950s from the point of view of a traumatized six-year-old Estonian girl, who sees her school principal mother arrested and taken away at gun-point. She believes that her own mischievous behavior has caused her mother to leave. Although intelligent and inquisitive, little Leelo Tungal doesn't understand the political portents of the times. She sees the red-kerchiefed "young pioneers" who attend the provincial school where her father teaches and longs to join their ranks and sing the Soviet anthem with them. She's puzzled by the way normal language has changed. "What's a comrade?" she asks her father, "It's a respected person, like Sir or Madam used to be," he replies. The Little Comrade is based on two autobiographical novels by Tungal, who is one of Estonia's most beloved writers.

Director Biography

Director, actress and writer Moonika Siimets was born on May 7th, 1980. The Little Comrade marks her feature film debut, after garnering significant attention for her work in short film.


Press

"It is a simple, affecting story that remains constant to a child’s naive point of view and its emotional tug is sincere and heartfelt." - Screen Daily


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