THE LITTLE COMRADE
by Moonika Siimets (Seltsimees laps, Estonia, 2018, 1h40)
starring Helena Maria Reisner, Tambet Tuisk, Eva Koldits, Liina Vahtrik
It is 1950 in the Soviet Estonia and the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam. 6 years-old Leelo’s school principal mother is arrested before her very eyes. “If you’re a good kid, I’ll be back soon,” are her mother’s last words as she is taken away at gunpoint. So Leelo is on her very best behaviour, but yet her mother does not return. A fear creeps into the child’s soul that it is her fault her mother was taken.