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Where Souls Go

Estonian pic "Where Souls Go" reps an Afterschool Special of sorts with a difference.

A slight, teen-centric drama in which the main characters just happen to be aspiring Satanists, Estonian pic “Where Souls Go” reps an Afterschool Special of sorts with a difference. Third feature by helmer Rainer Sarnet plays out this premise with an entirely straight face, making for weird but not entirely unwatchable viewing. However, judging by pic’s short-lived appearance on the domestic B.O. charts after its opening last October (cuming some $75,000), even locals didn’t come out with enough support to take “Souls” far.

When her pregnant mother (Viire Valdma) turns into a moody bitch, high-schooler Ann (Ragne Veensalu) decides to use a satanic website to put a curse on her unborn brother. After the baby is born with a defective heart, however, Ann desperately tries to contact Lucifer himself by enlisting the aid of fellow student and out-and-out Goth babe Maya (Lenna Kuurmaa), who knows the right sort of people. There’s a vague Sapphic feel to the girls’ developing friendship, and hints that Ann’s stepfather (Ivo Uukkivi) may harbor incestuous feelings, but nothing much comes of either. Tech credits are just OK.

Where Souls Go

Estonia

  • Production: An Exit Film production, in association with Estonian Film Foundation, Estonian Ministry of Culture. (International sales: Estonian Film Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia.) Produced by Anneli Ahven. Directed by Rainer Sarnet. Screenplay, Peeter Sauter, Sarnet, Aidi Vallik, based on a story by Vallik.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Mait Maekivi; editors, Harald Aue, Tambet Tasuja; music, Janek Murd; production designer, Liina Keevallik; costume designer, Reet Aus. Reviewed on DVD, Hoveton, U.K., Dec. 28, 2007. (In Baltic Event/Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn.) Estonian, Russian dialogue. Running time: 87 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Ragne Veensalu, Lenna Kuurmaa, Andres Loo, Taavi Eelmaa, Ivo Uukkivi, Viire Valdma, Ene Rammeld.
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