I first found out about this Latvian movie after buying the soundtrack album.
The Front cover struck my eye, and having heard and liked Raimonds Pauls´ previous
I decided to give it a try. The Movie (and soundtrack) is from 1991, around the time when Soviet Union collapsed.
Latvia used to be part of Soviet Union, and there was a record pressing factory in Riga.
So this LP is not on the Soviet state run Melodiya-label of the ministry of culture, like Raimonds Pauls´ previous output.
Instead it was released on the new Latvian Ritonis -label. The music is quite interesting. Drum machines and synths are there, with a updated 90´s sound, even though I would not call it a masterpiece, it´s still worth owning for the sheer obscurity and weirdness of it.
On the front cover you can see a erotic cabaret dancer, or a stripper / prostitute.
In front of her on the floor are syringes, a drop of blood and a mirror.
I started wondering, how in the world can the movie be like?
After some years of having the LP, I finally found the Film on You Tube!
I believe it is the first (and only) Latvian movie I have ever seen.
No one in Finland is Importing Films from east-europe, and they are never shown on TV either.
I checked it out and...It is very interesting. Unfortunately there is no subtitles, and it is age-restricted, so you have to sign in to see it. It´s very very long as well (in two parts).
Is it a Movie or a TV-Series? I do not know.
"Kinofilmai" sounds like a movie to me.
As much as I could understand (I dont speak Latvian), the Film is taking place in Latvian underworld, with strippers, or erotic cabaret dancers
dancing in a club / Hotel and people dying from overdose of Intravenous drugs.
Maybe one day we can see a legitimate release of this Film for western audiences?
I would not hold my breath, though.
I did not even know they had K-Rauta in Latvia!
I picked that CD up when I visited the country, I thought it was just so bizarre.
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