MIRACLE
STEBUKLAS
2017, 91 min, Lithuania, Dir: Egle Vertelyte

Director Egle Vertelyte’s feature debut, which screened in the Discovery section at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, tells of a pig farmer struggling to save her farm and navigate the new world of Lithuania shortly after the fall of communism. The titular miracle occurs as a seemingly random American shows up offering to save the farm, but his intentions come into question as the workers and townspeople discover things are far more complicated. A melancholy but hilarious film (much in the tradition of working-class-friendly filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki) about an incredibly strong and driven woman trying to navigate this strange new world, and the creeping, confusing darkness of impending capitalism. Gorgeously shot in 4x3 Academy ratio and jam-packed with wonderfully humanist yet purposefully dry performances, MIRACLE is very nearly its namesake.


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