Synopsis: Semi-autobiographical story by Oskar Luts about friendship, love and life in a small Estonian country boarding school in the late 1800s. Followed by Suvi (1976) and Sügis (1990).
Genre: Drama
84 min


Read, Tnisson.

When Lembitu saw

that German knights had

surrounded Estonian troops...

What did the teacher say

when you were in his room?


Didn't he say that you must not

read Indian stories in class?


- To me he did.

Have you read

"ln the Forests of America"?


- What a man!

Fighting alone

against twelve redskins.


- The Kentucky Lion.

When the long...

slavery... in Estonia

Days of slavery...

- Age of slavery.

... begun in Estonia.

Right. Sit down, Tnisson.

Show me!

- I want to see!

Dip a goose-quill into milk,

write a couple of words on paper,

iron it over and you'll see!

Buy my pocket knife.

With a corkscrew!

Show me.

- Crappy knife.

Why didn't you come to school earlier?

- I was ill.

We came last week.

How do you get along in school?

- Very well.

Only Russian is difficult.

- Is it really?

For me, it is awfully difficult.

Arithmetics is hard for me.

But you did so well today.

Everybody says you are

a clever boy. - Who said that?


Do you want to walk to school

with me from now on? - Yes.

When I reach the old willow first,

I ' ll wait for you.

When you get here first...

- Then I will wait!


I sing to praise the Lord.

Who gives everything unto us.

And bears our burdens.

Let us pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven;

hallowed be Thy name...

It's much better to pray

like American settlers.

Kneel on the left knee,

bend the right leg.

So you can hold your sword

and pray like hell.


I don't think everybody saw,

how you taught us to pray.

Kneel in the corner

and show us.

Instead of a sword

you can use the poker,

so everybody can see

how to pray like a...

Kentucky Lion.

- Quiet!


- The buttons are gone.

What buttons?

- The buttons of my boots.

What does this mean?

Maybe rats took them away. They

once stole our cabbage-chopper.


- Right.

Rats can't even lift a cabbage-

chopper, much less carry it.

Maybe there was

a whole bunch of them.


Where were your boots?

There, under the bed.

Who sleeps here?

- Visak.

Visak? Who else?

Then comes Krd and then Toots.

- Yes, there's my bed.

Since when do you sleep here?

This was the first night. My bed

was brought here yesterday.

He threw clothes at us

and didn't let us sleep.

You hear what Visak said?

- He is a liar!

He cut off Kiir's buttons and now

he's blaming me! - Shut up!

Who was the last to go to bed?

I was already sleeping when Toots

kept laughing in his bed

and farted so much we nearly

suffocated. - A button!

Another one.

There are some more here.

Didn't I tell you it was the rats!

Mark my words!

You just had a very narrow escape.

So, you had to go telling on me!

Joosep, stop it!

Joosep, don't fool around!

- Bastard.

Joosep, don't!

- I'm going to fix you up!


- Stay put, you bastard!

Telling on me!

Well, cooing all the time!

But, it was always obvious that

one day Arno will marry Teele.

Let go of me!

So, I am the Kentucky Lion?

From now on I am going to start

making plans with her.


- Yes?

You won't tell anybody,

if I tell you something? - No.

Toots said, he's going to start

making plans with Teele.


- Yes?

Don't listen to him.

- But if he's right?

How? No he won't.

You think so?

- Yes.

Tnisson, you are so kind.

The German jerks

are on the river again.

Bumpkins are going home.

Shut your mouth,

or your heart will freeze.

I'm going to

beat you up like a dog.

Come to

the stables tonight, fatso.

What's happening? - The great battle

under the gates of Leipzig!

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Kaljo Kiisk

Kaljo Kiisk (3 December 1925 – 20 September 2007) was an Estonian actor, film director and politician. He was best known for his roles as Kristjan Lible from Spring (Estonian: Kevade), Summer (Suvi) and Autumn (Sügis), film adaptations of Oskar Luts' novels, and as Johannes Saarepera from ETV's long-running Õnne 13. His career spanned over half a century from 1953 to 2007. more…

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