Category: feature
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Country: Finland, Latvia, Germany
Year: 2004
Length: 107'
Production Status: completed


This love story, inspired by the ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, takes place during a magical adventure in the Baltics. Tom is an American musician who is searching for inspiration, and before returning home he decides to tour the Baltics. A young Russian woman named Natasha flees from the man she was to marry, German businessman Karl. The protagonists' paths cross in Kaliningrad, but, at first seemingly carefree, the couple finally have to take flight. Perhaps Tom and Natasha aren't looking for love which would complicate their lives but, like Orpheus and Eurydice, they cannot escape their fate. At a fair between Riga and St Petersburg, they find that they love one another, which brings happiness, new creative energy, but also pain. Yet they can't hide from the past forever, and Tom, in order to be with his beloved, has to set off for the ends of the earth, to Murmansk, to the underworld...

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