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The Little Comrade (2018)

Seltsimees laps (original title)
In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, six-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 ... See full summary »

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Moonika Siimets

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Moonika Siimets
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tambet Tuisk ... Feliks
Helena Maria Reisner Helena Maria Reisner ... Leelo
Yuliya Aug ... Ljudmilla
Juhan Ulfsak ... Paul Varik
Maria Avdjushko Maria Avdjushko ... Makajeva
Argo Aadli Argo Aadli ... Ratsasõidu Jaan
Indrek Taalmaa Indrek Taalmaa ... Uncle Artur
Maarja Jakobson Maarja Jakobson ... Aunt Liilia
Aarne Soro Aarne Soro ... Uncle Ott
Kadri Rämmeld Kadri Rämmeld ... Aunt Iida
Tarmo Song Tarmo Song ... Uncle Mart
Anna Sergejeva Anna Sergejeva ... Galina
Hilje Murel Hilje Murel ... Hairdresser Olja
Carmen Mikiver Carmen Mikiver ... Hairdresser Carmen
Sandra Uusberg Sandra Uusberg ... Hairdresser Sandra
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In the midst of Stalinist tyranny, six-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 confusing grown-up world in the hope that it will bring her mother back.

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Country:

Estonia

Language:

Estonian | Russian

Release Date:

23 March 2018 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Comrade See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia

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Amrion See more »
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Trivia

Won BNK Busan Bank Award (Audience Award) at 2018 Busan International Film Festival. See more »

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Ticket inspector: Citizens, please make a seat to comrade child!
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Where's Mama?
7 April 2019 | by reidandgeneneSee all my reviews

This movie depicts Stalin's Terror, from the point of view of a seven year old Estonian girl, Leelo. This period of time is a decade after Estonia was absorbed by the Soviet Union under the Hitler-Stalin Pact, and now that the war is over, Stalin can safely stomp out any sign of Estonian nationalism. Ethnic Russians lord it over ethnic Estonians with the threat of denunciations that lead to arbitrary deportation or arrest.

Since the external events marring the life of her family don't make sense, Leelo creates her own cause and effect. It doesn't help that the adults in her life don't and can't level with her, because then she might well say something indiscreet-- anti-Russian or anti-Communist. (She's not particularly good at following simple directions.)

Overall, it's a good kid's movie, and a good adult's movie, too.


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