Directed by Laila Pakalnina
Every night, Soviet tractors comb the coast of Latvia
looking for signs of anyone who could have infiltrated the Soviet border
from the sea. One morning, three Soviet patrolmen discover a woman's shoe in
the sand and footsteps leading to the quaint little village of Liepaja.
Alarms sound, troops are dispatched, and an official investigation begins.
Just like Cinderella, each woman in the village tries on the shoe, though
the reward for a perfect fit won't be Prince Charming. Laila Pakalnina's sly
fairy tale combines subtle humor and political commentary into a compelling
whole, shot beautifully in black and white. Latvian with English subtitles.
Latvia. 78 minutes.