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The Child of Man

Original title
Cilveka berns
Running time
93 min.
Latvia Latvia
Janis Streics (Novel: Jaanis Klidzejs)
Igor Yakovlev
Harijs Kukels
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Film Studio TRIS
Comedy. Drama. Romance | Childhood. Small Town Life (Non-North American). Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
The unforgettable world of childhood in the pre-war independent Latvia seen trough the eyes of Janis Klidzejs, the author of the novel THE CHILD OF MAN, now living in emigration. This world is also close to Janis Streics, the film director who has adapted the novel for screen. He also comes from the same region as the author of the novel, from Latgale, one of Latvia’s national districts with its ethnographic peculiarities reflecting in its language, traditions, songs and strong catholic background. The film tells about a little boy’s growth into a man. This process has been looked on from an unusual angle – through the boy’s love for an almost grown up young woman that jokingly calls him “her little fiance”. She swears an eternal faith in him and even does not suspect that the boy might take it very seriously. It calls forth both comic and amusing as well as dramatic and tragic situations. The girl has her real fiance and she gets married…
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