Directed by Rainer Sarnet
In this folktale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?
Spirits, werewolves, plagues and the devil converge in this spellbinding folktale.
Cast: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa
Great little film demands repeat viewings.
Pretty weird and cryptic; a lot of stuff in this movie straight up made no sense to me and I think I need another viewing to fully keep track of everything that happens. Despite that, I really enjoyed this film. It’s beautifully shot, the performances are strong, and it rewards the patient viewer emotionally.
Stunning cinematography. A fascinating story. Fantastic performances. But I wouldn’t exactly call it a horror movie; it’s more of a dark folktale about love and fate, with a little bit of a death metal score. If that at all sounds interesting, and you are an adventurous movie fan, then this movie is for you.
once you get passed the kinda creepy theme of the movie and just pay attention to the story line its a pretty good movie.