Modris

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Modris
Directed by Juris KursietisItalian title: Modris
Latvia/Germany/Greece / 2014 / 98'
Cast
Kristers Pikša, Rezija Kalnina

Modris is a normal 17-year-old, with a girlfriend and some pals at school, who lives in a small Latvian town. But his addiction to gambling fuels an ongoing conflict with his mother, who can’t stop reminding Modris that his father is incarcerated, irresponsible, no good to anyone, and surely the source of the bad genes that have led the boy astray. Things come to a head when Modris, in the middle of the punishing Baltic winter, pawns his mother’s electric heater so he can play the slot machines. She betrays him to the police so that he can finally learn his lesson, but Modris’s attitude changes for the worse. Sentenced to two years of probation, he sets his mind on a single goal: finding that long-absent father he never knew.

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