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The Purple Mist

2019
1h 46m
Drama
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Cast

Vitalis Adomaitis (Mr. Leiblas)Vladas BaranauskasBogdan BenyukArunas BronusasZygimantas Cervinskas (Vladukas)Vidmantas Fijalkauskas (MVD major)Tadas Gudaitis (Vladas)Valerijus Jevsejevas (Driver)Martynas Kontutis (Joske (young))Karolis Legenis (Gimnazistas)Giedre Mockeliunaite (Jane)Severinas Norgaila (Joske)Valentin Novopolskij (Danila Varsavskij)Vidas Petkevicius (Daugela)Laimutis Sedzius (School headteacher)Elzbieta Milda Sulijaite (Jane (young))Diana ValiusaitieneArkadijus Vinokuras (Joske (old))

Director

Raimundas Banionis

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Synopsis

During World War II a young Jewish boy, Josef, was taken away from his family and sent to Russia. When war was coming to an end, a 19-year-old Josef returns home, hoping to find his parents. However, the atmosphere of war is still there: the central part of his native small town is controlled by the Soviets, while the surroundings are controlled by partisan fighters. Josef gets trapped between those two forces: Soviets demand him to become their agent, and partisans - their double agent. In order to survive, he has to agree with both. Josef's relationship with the chief partisan fighter, Vlad, is particularly complex. They've known each other since childhood. Vlad was never pleasant or kind, but Josef once saved Vlad's dog and that's how he's earned Vlad's favor. However, according to the recent gossip, Vlad's men were responsible for the death of Josef parents. The Soviets lodge Josef in a house allegedly connected to the partisan fighters, a house that belonged to Vlad's lover, Jane. Even though Jane is madly in love with Vlad, and has been acting cold and reserved with Josef, he develops special feelings to her. Jane becomes pregnant from Vlad and they throw a secret wedding. Afterward, the guests, made up of partisan fighters, begin sneaking out of the house. But the police ambush them, and Josef becomes the suspect and the target of Vlad's impending revenge. Meanwhile, the Soviets proceed with their ruthless policy, forcing the families of the deceased partisan fighters into exile. Jane, the infamous bride, is also on the list. Driven by compassion and love, Josef tries to save her. The police assume Josef to be the father of the unborn child and since he works for them, Jane is set free. This complex love triangle culminates in Vlad sneaking in to take revenge for the alleged betrayal by Josef. But instead, he finds his wife alive and safe and falls on his knees in gratitude, asking Josef for forgiveness and begging him to take care of his unborn child. Time goes by and Josef takes care of Jane as if she was his own wife and nurses the newborn all by himself. When the child starts calling him his father, Josef realizes he's become trapped again: feelings for his new family are stronger than the fear of being shot. Josef and Jane's repressed feelings explode in passion but not for long. Many years pass. Official letters reach Josef in Israel. He's asked to testify in the case of Vlad, who is being prosecuted for mass shootings of the Jews. Josef hesitates: he needs to decide whether to testify with the truth that will have Vlad executed, or to lie that will save the real father of a child.

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