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Vernanda (1988)

| Short, Drama, Fantasy
A passenger on a train is left behind in a small town called Vernanda, where the townsfolk's eccentricity reaches David Lynchian proportions.


Roman Baskin


Arvo Valton


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Cast overview:
Sulev Luik Sulev Luik
Jüri Järvet
Ilmar Tammur Ilmar Tammur
Kaljo Kiisk
Vello Janson Vello Janson
Heino Torga Heino Torga
Gunnar Kilgas
Aleksander Eelmaa Aleksander Eelmaa
Viire Valdma Viire Valdma


A passenger steps off his train during a short stop in a small town called Vernanda in order to buy a loaf of bread. However, the train departs early and the passenger is left to deal with a bread-shaped bomb, strangely behaving townsfolk and an ominous laughter that follows him wherever he goes. Written by nihilistening

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on of greatest Estonian movies
9 June 2008 | by marguskiisSee all my reviews

One of best Estonian movies with special aura, strange but fascinating story and great work actors.

Story is quite simple. A man (Sulev Luik) traveling with train makes a short visit to a town called Vernanda to buy a bread. When he returns to railway station he hears from station chief that train is already gone. And then he notices that his bread is clicking. Returning to bakery he sees it is totally destroyed by explosion. And old man (Kaljo Kiisk) searching something from ruins explains that the bread is "souvenir of the city", it contains a clockwork bomb which can explode whenever, even years later. So the movie is about the man wandering around the town trying to get rid of his "bread" and meeting the The movie was shot in small Estonian town called Sillamäe which architecture is totally Stalinist and makes the movie especially eerie. The atmosphere of the film is surrealistic and magical-realistic with quirky elements (loudspeaker in a marketplace reading numbers, mayer of the town looking like Latin-American general etc.). And of course, one of the best cast of actors in the history of Estonian film.

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