Waterbomb for the Fat Tomcat

Mischievous moppets give their babysitting auntie the runaround in gentle-hearted kid flick by Latvian helmer Varis Brasla. Although it touches lightly on adult themes, pic's innocent humor will appeal to knee-high auds in same age range as its plucky young heroines, in dubbed versions. Within Latvia film has been a minor local hit.

With:
With: Baiba Broka, Lindine Viksne, Zane Leimane, Gundars Abolins.

Mischievous moppets give their babysitting auntie the runaround in gentle-hearted kid flick “Waterbomb for the Fat Tomcat,” by Latvian helmer Varis Brasla. Although it touches lightly on adult themes, such as single-girl love angst and the strain economic migration puts on families back home, pic’s innocent humor will appeal to knee-high auds in same age range as its plucky young heroines, in dubbed versions. Within Latvia film has been a minor local hit.

Mom is studying in the capital, Riga, and dad is working in construction in Blighty, so strong-willed eight-year-old Marta (pert Lindine Viksne) and her little sister, Linda (Zane Leimane), are to be babysat by their strict, spinster Aunt Una (Baiba Broka) for two weeks. When Una’s gentleman caller, Ivo (Gundars Abolins), comes for lunch, Marta’s mix-up with a cake box filled with horse dung ruins the date. Convinced the only way to get Una off their back is to get her a man, the girls resort to ancient Latvian magic. Title refers to kids’ method of keeping neighbor’s cat away from the sparrows. Production values are TV-movie looking, but okay.

Waterbomb for the Fat Tomcat

Latvia-Estonia

Production: A Studio FORMA (Latvia)/Allfilm (Estonia) production. (International sales: Distributions la Fete, Montreal, Canada.) Produced by Gatvis Upmalis. Co-producer, Artur Talvik. Directed by Varis Brasla. Screenplay, Alvis Lapins.

Crew: Camera (color), Uldis Jancis; editor, Sandra Alksne; music, Imants Kalnins; production designer, Ivars Mailitis; costumes, Ieva Kundzina. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (East of the West), July 4, 2004. Latvian dialogue. Running time: 76 MIN.

With: With: Baiba Broka, Lindine Viksne, Zane Leimane, Gundars Abolins.

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