Finland, 2012, 125 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Estonia
North American Premiere
Topics: History, Thriller, War
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Finnish English Sub-Titles
This gripping adaptation of the prize-winning novel of the same title by Sofi Oksanen looks at the legacy of Soviet oppression in the Baltic nation of Estonia through a sprawling tale of sex trafficking, abuse and betrayal. Two women from different eras are dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them.
It is 1994 and the Soviet Occupation has finally ended. A lonely, secretive, suspicious old lady, Aliide has experienced the horrors of the Stalinist period and the deportation of Estonians to Siberia. One night she finds a disheveled, scantily dressed girl collapsed in her yard. It is Zara, who has just escaped from the iron grip of the Russian mafia who held her as a sex slave.
As the histories of these two women emerge, we witness the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss.
Note: This film has disturbing scenes of violence against women.
DIRECTOR: Antti Jokinen
Producer: Jukka Helle, Markus Selin
Editor: Kimmo Taavila
Screenwriter: Marko Leino, Antti Jokinen
Cinematographer: Rauno Ronkainen
Music: Tuomas Kantelinen
Principal Cast: Liisi Tandefelt, Laura Birn, Amanda Pike, Krista Kosonen, Peter Franzén, Tommi Korpela, Tomi Salmela
Filmography: The Resident (2011)
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