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The Little Comrade

The Little Comrade

SELTSIMEES LAPS
2018Films Drama1 h 38 mins
During Stalinist tyranny, 6-year-old Leelo’s mother is sent to a prison camp. Haunted by her mother’s last words telling her to be a good kid, Leelo vows to be on her best behaviour in the hope that it will bring her mother back.
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The Little Comrade
The Little Comrade

The Little Comrade

SELTSIMEES LAPS
2018Films Drama1 h 38 mins
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The Little Comrade
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It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam – 6-year-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. “If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken. The confusion only grows as “good” and “bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. Why is the Estonian flag suddenly forbidden? Who is the people’s enemy and why is the scary NKVD lurking around their home? Is it an honour or a shame to be a pioneer? In this odd two-faced world, Leelo tries her best to be good, but is instead embroiled in one scrape after another and becomes ever more confused as to what it even means to be a good kid.
Director
Moonika Siimets
Country
Estonia
Language
Russian
Estonian

Details
It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam – 6-year-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. “If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken. The confusion only grows as “good” and “bad” no longer seem to hold any meaning in these troubled times. Why is the Estonian flag suddenly forbidden? Who is the people’s enemy and why is the scary NKVD lurking around their home? Is it an honour or a shame to be a pioneer? In this odd two-faced world, Leelo tries her best to be good, but is instead embroiled in one scrape after another and becomes ever more confused as to what it even means to be a good kid.
Director
Moonika Siimets
Country
Estonia
Language
Russian
Estonian

Accolades
The Little Comrade
Busan Bank Award
Busan International Film Festival, 2018
The Little Comrade
The Little Comrade
Busan Bank Award
Busan International Film Festival, 2018
The Little Comrade
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Busan Bank Award
Busan International Film Festival, 2018
The Little Comrade

Critics
...'The Little Comrade favours sunlight over darkness, hope over despair.'
Screen International
...'Both affecting and richly visualized.'
Variety

Meet the Cast
Helena Maria Reisner

Helena Maria Reisner

Tambet Tuisk

Tambet Tuisk

Yuliya Aug

Yuliya Aug

Meet the Cast
Helena Maria Reisner

Helena Maria Reisner

Tambet Tuisk

Tambet Tuisk

Yuliya Aug

Yuliya Aug

Directors

Moonika Siimets

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