Autumn Ball (Sügisball) (2009)

Autumn Ball (Sügisball)





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Autumn Ball is a new Estonian film that talks about six inhabitants of Soviet-era tower blocks whose lives touch together, and who are all united by a feeling of loneliness. The young writer, Mati, lurks outside the window of his ex-wife and unsuccessfully approaches other women. August Kask is a bachelor-barber living a drab life who takes to a little girl, but his approaches are misconstrued as pedophilia. The single mom, Laura, watches a sappy soap opera on TV and pushes away men's advances … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mati Unt, Veiko Õunpuu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 2009
Strand Releasing - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Autumn Ball (Sügisball)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Emboldened by alcohol and steeped in despair, the characters in Sugisball lunge for love but would settle for understanding.

June 3, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The film itself is sporadically amusing and largely uneventful.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Superb cinematography and fleeting moments of poignancy bogged down by a tedious, unfocused plot that occasionally drags and feels overstuffed with too many poorly developed characters.

Full Review… | June 4, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

Despite the meandering script, Sugisball is a mildly piquant experience.

Full Review… | June 1, 2009
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Autumn Ball (Sügisball)

Good. A slice of Estonian life illustrating the fruits of socialism and its negative effect on the human psyche â" lost bemused people living in boxes trying to be happy (paraphrased by one of the characters). I like the political message included in the movie. It is a little bit poorly directed though and the dialogues are not the main thing here.


Odd romance-relationship film mostly, which juggles several relationships and people's plights in an untampered manner. You see people emotionally devastated and trying to combat depression with alcohol. Since it's so variated, it's interesting, and you're going to try to see at what small point the stories coincide. I think it's the first film I've seen where a guy walks up from what seemed to be unsimulated sex, and goes within the camera's viewing distance with a full-blown hard on, and then walks back in bed to copulate some more. Very little dialogue for a two-hour film, and the drama is believable, one because it's well written, two because the actors can act. It lacked a climax, and instead continued with its series of unrelated stories, one part violently criticizing romcoms, but overall it retains its message of isolation and incompleteness in human monogamies, emotional or romantic.

Richard Cranium

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