Poll Diaries, The

Category: feature
Director: Chris Kraus
Producer: Meike Kordes
Co-Producer: Riina Sildos
Country: Germany, Austria, Estonia
Year: 2010
Length: 120'
Production Status: completed


June, 1914. On the eve of World War I, 14-year-old Oda von Siering (Paula Beer) returns to her family home on the Baltic coast, a region uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. With her are the mortal remains of her mother, who passed away in Berlin. Awaiting the bright and inquisitive girl are her father Ebbo (Edgar Selge), a frustrated scientist with a dubious interest in racial breeding; her aunt Milla (Jeanette Hain), who flees reality through music and affairs; and other members of her aristocratic German family, who are clinging to their privileges in a world on the brink of disaster. Upon finding a wounded Estonian anarchist (Tambet Tuisk) on the estate, the passionate, altruistic Oda fearlessly hides him and secretly nurses him back to health, aware that her deed could trigger a chain reaction of uncontrollable violence. Though she falls in love with him, the young man, a writer who stimulates her craving for romance and adventure, knows that he must leave her one day. Yet he underestimates the power of her feelings toward him and of her alienation from a world she has little in common with.

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