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Movies: Best Movies in Latvian(Latviešu valoda)

Latvian or Lettish (latviešu valoda [ˈlatviɛʃu ˈvaluɔda]) 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. The use of the Latvian language in various areas of social life in Latvia is increasing. 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 187 movies (between 1930 and 2020) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Latvia (166). Popular genres for Latvian movies are Drama (77), Documentary (32) and Comedy (28). There Were Seven Simeons (1989), The Lesson (2014), Suncandle (1986), Sēd uz sliekšņa pasaciņa (1987) and Little Tom Thumb (1987) are among the best known & most successful Latvian movies.


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Konvertīti(2016)

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In the Shadow of Death(1971)

1h 20min | Drama, Adventure, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

A group of men go under-ice fishing, but find themselves trapped on a piece of ice, that has broken off. As they are drifting through the sea, the tension between them rises.

Directed by Gunārs Piesis - With Eduards Pāvuls

The Dark Deer(2007)

1h 25min

17-year-old Ria is a sensitive and mysterious young woman. Ria's mother has suffered in a car accident and has stopped speaking since her daughter's birth. The family grows deer for sale, yet, the business is not successful. To earn some money, her father decides to organize a hunt.

The Fisherman's Son(1939)

1h 52min | Drama

Oskars lives in a typical sea-side village, but wants to break free of his father’s rule and the old ways – he dreams of new, large nets, an ice-cellar, and the fishermen’s independence from the fish wholesaler. At first, no one wants to believe in Oskars’ plans, except for happy-go-lucky Fredis. With the help of Fredis, Oskars builds a new fish trap, gaining admiration from even the old fishermen.

Directed by Vilis Jānis Lapenieks

Keys to Paradise(1975)

Successful work and life of a brave militia captain who does not know much about human psychology.

Motorcycle Summer(1975)

1h 6min | Drama

An accidental meeting helps to learn a lot of new in surrounding world and his soul, to realize that youth is one of the most important stages of human life.

Directed by Uldis Brauns

Ursus(2011)

10min | Animation
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A charcoal on paper animation about a motorcycling circus bear who decides to leave the daily routine and takes off to the forest where his true happiness seems to dwell. Selected at 70+ film festivals. International Festival Premier at Clermont-Ferrand 34th Int'l Short Film Festival, France, 2012.

My Frivolous Friend(1975)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Arvīds Lasmanis can't hold any job for long because he is not ready to tolerate deceit and slapdash work. He still has to feed his family, buy chance he finds a well-paid job as a gravedigger. A friend helps Arvīds to find a place in a construction team, but other workers don't approve of Arvīds' high principles. His wife accuses him of not knowing how to make money, the family lives crammed in one room of a shared flat. The Soviet absurd comedy tells a story about a man who, while at odds with the system, won't lose his conscience and his true self, even if it means saying no to wealth and comfort.

Springtime Frost(1955)

1h 23min | Drama, Drama

The end of nineteenth century. Maidservant Madara is in love with farmhand Andrs, yet she marries a rich and old household owner. As time passes, her heart hardens and things get complicated when Andrs returns to the neighborhood and Madara's husband dies leaving her widowed with a son.

Directed by Pavel Armand

The Republic of Varnu Street(1970)

1h 16min | Kids & Family

Children of Varnu Street whose fathers work in nearby factories face the "Tuliana Empire" - a group of boys, children of merchants from the nearby Lauku Street.

Directed by Ada Neretniece

Reflection in the Water(1977)

Based on a story by Janis Lapsa, written by Janis Lapsa and Andris Kolbergs, film is a singular work, filled with human warmth. It is a story about a talented surgeon Markalns, who after a serious personal crisis, returns to his native town in order to start his life anew. The attention is concentrated on the inner world of Markalns, his feelings in this so important period of his life, when to endure and to proceed means to regain the lost sense of life and himself. His character and emotional world opens in a wide scale: in collisions with colleagues, patients, friends, himself. He is contradictory, but even in moments of low spirits, virile. A real warmth and balance of mind is brought in the life of the outwardly robust and clumsy surgeon by a shy small-town girl Irita, called Doggie.

Gift for a Single Woman(1973)

1h 9min | Comedy

To catch a couple of car thieves, a police women goes undercover as an old women that recently has gotten a luxury car "Volga" - a plan that is bound to attract the criminals. For how hard can it be to steal a car from an old women?

Directed by Ēriks Lācis - With Vija Artmane
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The Python(2003)

1h 28min | Drama

An absurdist farce centering around a school in post-Soviet Latvia. After a rather disgusting prank (someone defecates in the school attic), the tyrannical headmistress deems that no one can leave until the culprit is caught. When the photographer's pet python escapes, havok breaks loose.

Pelican in the Desert(2014)

1h 10min

Latgale is a land on the very eastern edge of the European Union. Sometimes it seems like a land in the middle of a body of water. At other times, it seems a desert with the ark of rescued humanity all covered by sand. The film presents a land that is made by people, spiritual and physical extremes of living and thoroughly Christian resurrection.

Spider(1992)

1h 38min | Drama, Horror
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Vita, a beautiful teenage girl, is asked by a controversial artist to pose as the Virgin Mary for a painting. She visits his studio and finds herself swept up into the bizarre world of the artist and his bohemian friends. She seems to see his paintings come to life and is pursued by strange shadowy figures. Later she has nightmarish visions of the artist visiting her at night in the form of a huge spider. The next morning she finds marks on her body that look like the bites of a large insect. Vita’s mother becomes worried about her and sends the girl off to stay with relatives in the countryside, believing that the change of environment will help her to recover. However, it seems the dark forces that threatened Vita in the city have followed her and an ancient evil is being awakened that feeds off Vita’s burgeoning sexuality.

Pizzas(2012)

1h 3min

Playfully avant-garde and exhibiting an intriguing sense of humor, PIZZAS offers a puzzle of widescreen imagery, brash pop moments, and road movie ambience. Pakalnina, Latvia’s best-known director, spun this cryptic but airy comedy/tragedy from a news item about two 18-year-old fast-food workers who robbed their employer’s safe and split. (Gene Siskel Film Center)

24-25 Doesn't Come Back(1968)

1h 29min | Crime, Mystery
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

In the experimental clinic, a batch of valuable drug was stolen. Major Grigast suspects that someone from the clinic is involved in this. He entrusts this complex matter to a young investigator Mara. An investigation leads her to a distant border town in the south of the country, where the offender intended to ship the drug abroad.

When Wind and Rain Knock at the Window(1967)

1h 26min | Crime, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Soviets battle Latvian independence fighters and their Western allies.

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

People Out There(2012)

1h 30min | Crime, Drama
4.2/5 (with 2 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.

Little Tom Thumb(1987)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Little Tom Thumb is very difficult to live with the evil stepmother who exploits him making different goods to sell later. Shepherd boy decides that it can not continue this way any more. Despite the grandmother and sister Lienite attempts to dissuade him, but the decision of going to seek happiness in the world is made. On his way Tom Thumb meets mother Wind, Forest mother and little old man. Everyone of them give him a chore to do that earns him a gift. Every of these gifts has a magic power. The good wizards help him defeat Scrooges, Lop-Eared Man and the Devil himself. While traveling in the world and looking for happiness he misses his grandmother and little sister. At the end his only wish is to go to "Happy world" that turns out is home.

Mona(2012)

1h 33min | Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

The uneventful everyday routine of a small town built around a slaughterhouse, is interrupted when a businessman from the big city arrives for his uncle's funeral and to sell the inherited estate.

Long Road in the Dunes(1980)

7h 19min | Drama, Romance / Love
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...

Bille(2018)

1h 40min | Kids & Family
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.

Dziesmu dziesma(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

There Were Seven Simeons(1989)

1h 30min | Thriller, Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

One family, one band. They seemed to be happy. A movie that investigates why these seemingly optimistic musicians suddenly saw no hope to continue living in USSR and tried to escape it by hijacking a plane.

The Cat's Mill(1993)

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

Cats in Riga(2015)

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The Soviet Story(2008)

1h 26min | Documentary, War, History
3.7/5 (with 9 votes)

“The Soviet Story” is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now...

Directed by Edvīns Šnore

A Limousine the Colour of Midsummer's Eve(1981)

1h 28min | Drama, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

When old auntie Mirta succeeds in a lottery and wins a car, which she cannot use herself, different family members are suddenly there to 'be helpful' in favor to get the car after aunties' death, not to mention, they never have come before to help her. The funny rivalry between two parts of family, a foolish jealousy to the near living peasants' family, which had always non-selfishly been there for auntie, is a caricature of greasy human nature. This is a slight humor of the Soviet life details as well. But aunt Mirta isn't fool, and is still young in her heart until her last minute, that appears in her last will - to whom the car, the limousine in the color of St. John's night goes.

Directed by Jānis Streičs - With Uldis Dumpis
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