This nostalgic Estonian indie flashes back to the 1990s as it focuses on a character caught between youthful indolence and adult responsibility.
We first meet Aller (an impressive Hendrik Toompere Jr.) as he and his friends guzzle beers and watch an informal all-girl outdoor volleyball game (…). They’re chased off by the coach, but not before one of the girls, Maria (the very beautiful Klaudia Tiitsmaa) exchanges a long, suggestive look with Aller, after which the guys speed off drunkenly in their car and promptly crash. Dazed and bleeding, Aller stumbles away from the wreck (…) eventually coming to a lake where Juulius (Juhan Ulfsak), a shady low-level gangster with a BMW, is taking a swim. They strike up an acquaintance (…). (W)hile the largely clueless Aller is never fully aware of the nature of Juulius’ business, he’s closely enough associated with him that when things go south, Aller will also be implicated.
Ruumet, who also wrote the script with Greta Varts, takes an oblique approach to time ellipses and subjectivity, lending the film a sheen of impressionistic artistry (…).(T)he time and place is imagined well (…) and the unobstrusively accurate costuming summons early-’90s, small-town Estonia in a subtly immersive way.
Jessica Kiang, Variety