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Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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Roxie Theater
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Mon, Apr 22 at 1:00 pm
Victoria Theatre


In 1950 Estonia, the Soviets are working to suppress a fledgling resistance movement that has arisen in the countryside. Six-year-old Leelo can’t quite understand exactly why her mom has been arrested or why her father is disappointed to hear her championing the “young pioneers” she sees marching at school. With a deft balance of humor, tension, and empathy, Siimets’s debut shows how the evils of authoritarianism can come cloaked in appealing guise for those too young or gullible to know better.

The Little Comrade offers a world of contrasts with the bucolic beauty of the natural world and sun-dappled forests in stark opposition to the oppressive regime that prevails. Citizens disappear, opposition is silenced, and resistance seems futile, but within the family there is also warmth, music, and the desire to make the most of every day. Attractively photographed by Rein Kotov, The Little Comrade favors sunlight over darkness, hope over despair. It is a simple, affecting story that remains constant to a child’s naive point of view and its emotional tug is sincere and heartfelt.” – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Director Moonika Siimets

Moonika Siimets makes her feature directing debut with The Little Comrade. Among her short films are Deus Ex Machina (2005), The Last Romeo (2013), and Pink Cardigan (2016).



Film Details

Year 2018

Language Estonian, Russian

Runtime 96

Country Estonia

Director Moonika Siimets

Producer Riina Sildos

Writer Moonika Siimets

Editor Tambet Tasuja

Cinematographer Rein Kotov

Music Tõnu Kõrvits

Cast Helena-Maria Reisner, Tambet Tuisk, Eva Koldits

Print Source Amrion

Original Language Title Seltsimees laps