Estonia, 1870. Andres and his wife Krõõt arrive at a farm bought on a loan to establish their new life. Desolate and neglected between the marshes, Robber’s Rise must be transformed into a place that will take care of the family. All they have to do is to break the resistance of the barren land, make his neighbor cooperate, and raise an heir – a son to inherit his father’s life’s work. But when Nature refuses to bend, the neighbor turns out to be a roughneck rival, and Krõõt keeps giving birth to daughters, Andres struggles to find the right way. In his desperate search for truth and justice – from the court, the tavern, and the Bible–he sacrifices his family, his friends, and eventually himself. The beautiful dream of a prosperous and nurturing Robber’s Rise gives way to an obsession, resulting in none of the things Andres wanted and everything he feared.

Directed by Tanel Toom
Produced by Ivo Felt, Armin Karu, Madis Tüür
Written by Tanel Toom
Starring Priit Loog, Priit Võigemast, Ester Kuntu, Maiken Schmidt
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Country: Estonia
149 minutes
Subtitled