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Movies: Best Movies in Latvian(Latviešu valoda)

Latvian (latviešu valoda [ˈlatviɛʃu ˈvaluɔda]), also known as Lettish, is an Eastern Baltic language spoken in the Baltic region. It is the language of Latvians and the official language of Latvia as well as one of the official languages of the European Union. There are about 1.3 million native Latvian speakers in Latvia and 100,000 abroad. Altogether, 2 million, or 80% of the population of Latvia, speak Latvian. Of those, around 1.16 million or 62% used it as their primary language at home. As a Baltic language, Latvian is most closely related to neighboring Lithuanian; however Latvian has followed a more rapid development. In addition, there is some disagreement whether Latgalian and Kursenieki, which are mutually intelligible with Latvian, should be considered varieties or separate languages. Latvian first appeared in Western print in the mid-16th century with the reproduction of the Lord's Prayer in Latvian in Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia universalis (1544), in Latin script. ()

Latvian is spoken in Latvia and 451 movies (between 1934 and 2021) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Latvia (444). Popular genres for Latvian movies are Documentary (160), Drama (129) and Comedy (55). Seven Awkward Sex Scenes. Part One (2018), Riga's Lilac (2019), Little Devils (1999), The Lesson (2014) and In the Shade of the Oak Tree (2007) are among the best known & most successful Latvian movies.


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Seven Awkward Sex Scenes. Part One(2018)

26min | Drama

A young director, who sits in front of a commission defending a film based on her own experiences with sex and relationships, is continually confronted with questions about why she’s making the movie. The answer doesn’t come easy… Linde took on a difficult task for her short film.

The Trace of the Soul(1972)

22min | Documentary

Psychological portrait of kolkhos chairman Edgar Kaulin, who saved many peasants from deportation in the period 1945-53, and with them built up a kolkhos.

The Coast(1963)

20min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A poetic documentary observation of everyday life in a Latvian fishing village, where centuries-old traditions and wind-hardened men and women live alongside the optimism of new construction and the smiling faces of the new generation.

Egg Lady(2000)

26min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

In a Latvian bakery, Aina breaks 40000 eggs per day by hand, and she has done this monotone job for almost 20 years.

Long Road in the Dunes(1980)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Love and betrayal in a small fishing village in Latvia from 1930s until the Soviet time. Time before WW2, during WW2, punishment in Siberia, Soviet Union, returning home, and above all that - undying love, that still survives no matter what. And, on top of that, Marta and Arthur share their love...

homo@lv(2011)

1h 10min | Documentary

A portrait of a post-Soviet country in Eastern Europe whose society is torn apart by the struggle to accept the Gay Pride Parade tradition. The unearthing of Pride in Riga from 2005 to 2010 shows the different perceptions of the concept of democracy in the 21st century.

Bille(2018)

1h 40min | Kids & Family, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A family film based on the book Bille by Vizma Belševica. An extraordinary, lonely yet spiritually strong little girl attempts to comprehend the adult world, which in her eyes is very contradictory, and to prove her own value despite the ignorance and lack of appreciation by her family in late 1930s. Bille tries to find an escape in her vivid imagination.

Wake Up!(2001)

22min | Documentary

The world seen through the eyes of children. The action takes place in Karosta, the former military port of Liepaja city – however, it is not that important, as the film could take place anywhere. We observe children playing on the beach, revealing the core of Pakalnina’s work: perceiving and transmitting emotions.

The High Song(1989)

The painful exit of a child of man in the world of God. The highest sense of being and the earthly joy of man and woman.

New Times at Crossroad Street(1999)

1h 25min | Documentary

Ten years have passed since we made the film “Crossroad Street”, about a small street in the suburbs of the city of Riga. Now we’ve come back. Perhaps it was a sense of duty, perhaps nostalgia that brought us back – who knows? Perhaps it was both. Daiga, Aldis, Osis – they’re all our people. The first film had an impact on both the filmmakers and the residents of Crossroad Street. We found friends whom we want to meet again and again. Society has become more prosperous, several value systems coexist side-by-side. People often live in these systems as though they were in different worlds that never meet. We felt that the world inhabited by our people is sinking into oblivion, and so we wanted to show that it still has its own turbulence, that Crossroad Street resembles Latvia’s palm – the place where a fortune teller can see the lines of its destiny.

Directed by Ivars Seleckis

The Cat's Mill(1993)

A white cat owns a mill, but loses the mill to a black cat and the devil. Latvian animation.

Six Feet Above(2015)

4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The young Jekabs, Linda and Rihards enjoy the spring full of romance and bohemian way of life. The apple-trees are in blossom in Riga and the war unavoidably approaches.

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Monotony(2007)

1h 30min | Drama

Following an ad in the paper, Ilze leaves her native village to become an actress. She fails the audition, but her pride won't let her return home. Her boyfriend is skeptical about her ambitions, so he comes after her to bring her back home. The plot evolves around their relationship as they pretend and lie to each other trying to end the emotional stand-off.

The Longest Straw(1982)

1h 22min

Post-war Latvia. Francis' gang operates in a small town and the new KGB agent Juris Vilks has been asked to infiltrate his gang and gain his confidence.

The Golden Horse(2014)

An ancient Latvian folk tale is the basis for this colorful animated feature in the tradition of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. A vengeful sorceress casts a kingdom’s princess into a deep sleep at the top of an icy mountain, where she awaits release from the spell that will destroy the land. Of all the men vying for the honor, the shy outcast son of a family of thugs is the most unlikely. Director Kalnaellis brings a playful sense of humor to the characterizations and adds zippy contemporary elements including a chorus of wisecracking crows. (Gene Siskel Film Center)

Directed by Reinis Kalnaellis

Mona(2012)

1h 33min | Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

MONA is a modern and thrilling drama with erotic and fantasy elements. In a rural area where a slaughterhouse is the only industry lives a mysterious nature child Mona. The dull routine of villagers is broken by a city businessman Thomas who comes there for his uncle’s funeral and to sell the inherited estate. Meeting Mona throws Thomas in a dangerous maelstrom of illusions, passion and obsession.

Little Tom Thumb(1987)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Little Tom Thumb's evil stepmother exploits him amd makes his life very hard, so the little shepherd boy decides to leave home and seek happiness in the world outside. There little Tom Thumb meets the Wind Mother, Forest Mother and a little old man on his way. Each of them gives him a chore to do that earns him a gift with magical power, which comes in handy when he has to defeat Scrooges, Lop-Eared Man and the Devil himself. While traveling in the world and looking for happiness, he realises he misses his grandmother and little sister...

Ģimenes stāvoklis: neprecēts(2019)

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Road's End(2013)

58min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Vägens ände is a poetic and existential film about persistence, betrayal, grief and love.

When Rain and Wind Hit Against Your Window(1967)

1h 26min | Crime, Mystery

The World War II has just ended. Attempt to turn "Forest Brothers" into a serious resistance movement fails.

Directed by Aloizs Brenčs - With Eduards Pāvuls, Harijs Liepiņš, Lilita Ozoliņa

Bus(2004)

58min | Documentary

This documentary follows a bustrip from Tallinn to Kaliningrad. A route that was so common in the Soviet times now passes through 4 different countries and crosses 3 different borders.

The Private Life of Santa Claus(1982)

1h 8min | Comedy

It's a story about actor who, in in addition to his day job at the theater, is earning an extra money playing Sant Claus in kindergartens during the Xmas period.

Smile, My Friend!(2007)

There is a huge uproar in the forest: Beaver’s teeth have been stolen. Detective Owl and his assistant Piglet are to investigate this mysterious crime. Several forest inhabitants appear to be possible suspects, but the guilty one is not so easily discovered.

Forest Brothers(2014)

1h 28min

Documentary about the Forest Brothers (partisans) fighting the Soviets in the three Baltic States after WWII.

Modris(2014)

1h 38min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

A true story of a 17 going on 18 year-old boy called Modris. He’s a guy who goes to school, has a girlfriend and some good friends. He has a small gambling addiction, which makes his relationship with his mother difficult. It’s also hard because the two of them live alone and the mother doesn’t miss a chance to remind him that his father is in prison and that Modris has a bad gene. Their relationship boils over when, in the middle of a Nordic winter, Modris pawns his mother’s electric heater in trying to squeeze a win from a slot machine. She betrays him to the police and Modris is sentenced to two years’ probation. That is when his adventures with the Latvian justice system begin and he sets a new goal: to find the father he has never met.

With Rēzija Kalniņa, Baiba Broka, Vilis Daudziņš

Fake Me A Happy New Year(2012)

30min | Comedy, Drama
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Anita and her children, Santa and Kristaps, live in an apartment in Riga. Every year, the celebrate New Year’s Eve with grandma, uncle Peter and a feast fit for kings….

Alias Loner(2014)

Based on true events that took place in the vicinity of Līvāni in 1945 after Soviet re-occupation. Catholic priest Antons Juhņevičs, serving in the Vanagi parish, hid local men on church premises so they could escape conscription into the Red Army. Finding himself in conflict with the ruling power due to his convictions, he was forced to take a radical step.

With Edgars Samītis

Willing Collaborators(2014)

1h 30min | Documentary

The code to unlocking this feature documentary is 1949, the year the director was born, and also the year of the return of Soviet repressions to Latvia. The film tells a very personal story against the background of less visited historic events – the death of director’s father due to the KGB repressions, which is closely linked to the devious game Soviet Latvia’s KGB played against Swedish-British-American spy agencies.

Directed by Pēteris Krilovs

People Out There(2012)

1h 30min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Jan, a guy in his twenties, and his friend Cracker are involved in several crimes in their neglected suburb of the city. After meeting the “golden youth” beauty Sabina, he looks for a fresh start in downtown circles, but only finds contempt. His hopes for love, compassion and opportunity are dashed by the even more ruthless rules of the bourgeois, and he comes to realize that the only one he can count on is himself.

Threesome Dance(2011)

1h 50min | Drama

Four Latvian legionnaires are sentenced to death for deserting the German army. A Latvian girl heads to the German headquarters to try to free her beloved. In the few hours remaining before the execution a love triangle plays out between the girl, a German officer and the prisoner.

Directed by Arvīds Krievs
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