A Latvian tragicomedy about a young artist who bears witness to the dramatic political upheavals of the Word War II era. As brutal regimes come and go, his country, his village, his people, and even his heart are swept up in the inexorable currents of history. The film shows the ultimate triumph of the human spirit in the face of systematic, institutional inhumanity. It tells the story through the eyes of a somewhat naive, yet inherently wise soul—a lowly sign-painter/artist. The sweeping backdrop of the complex history of serial totalitarian occupation makes the story topical today.
MATURE THEMES, NUDITY
Film: 114 minutes
Director: Viesturs Kairišs
Production countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic