A tangled web of lineage, adoption and deception is woven in the challenging, satisfying Lithuanian drama “Loss.” Though the film’s narrative shards tumble as though from a smashed window, helmer Maris Martinsons pieces them together with assurance. Already well traveled on the fest circuit, this independently financed feature has specialty life left prior to selected arthouse play, TV sales and ancillary.
Pic was inspired by “Six Degrees of Separation” and Dostoevsky’s line about “the tears of that one tortured child.” In contempo Vilnius, Lithuania, desperate, perpetually drunk Ben (Kostas Smoriginas) rages at a pair of exes: Nora (Dalia Micheleviciute), who lost a leg due to his negligence and has adopted a young boy, Paul (Gelmis Naujikas); and schemer Laima (Daiva Tamosiunaite-Budre), who’s replaced Nora as the head of Ben’s business. Meanwhile, in Dublin, newly arrived Valda (Valda Bickute), believing herself to be Paul’s mother, goes to work for a tortured priest (popular musician Andrius Mamontovas) who holds the key to the mystery that binds all together. Gints Berzins’ probing cinematography is reminiscent of Chris Doyle’s work for Wong Kar Wai, while Mamontovas’ brooding score fits the mood like a glove.