Truth And Justice (Tanel Toom, 2019): Estonia

Reviewed by Jacob Mohler at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020.

Image result for truth and justice 2019 estonian filmTruth And Justice is an Estonian film based off of the book with the same title written by Anton Hansen Tammsaare in 1926. It’s a gripping story revolving around the life of a farmer named Andres and his strive to accomplish his dream. This was directed and written by Tanel Toom (Director of “The Confession”) and produced by Ivo Felt (“Tangerines”), Armin Karu and Madis Tüür.

I saw this film as part of the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival followed by a Q&A with Director and Writer, Tanel Toom.

It’s 1870, Estonian farmer Andres (played by Priit Loog) and his wife Krõõt (played by Maiken Schmidt) are seeking their fortune in a community called “Robbers Rise”. They move onto a rustic, grizzled property out in the countryside of Estonia.

They also move to this new land in hopes of starting a new family.

When they move in they meet their new neighbor Pearu (played by Priit Võigemast). He and his family have lived in that area for a while. Pearu

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A Bump Along The Way (Shelly Love, 2019): UK

Reviewed by Jacob Mohler. Viewed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020.

Image result for a bump along the way”A Bump Along The Way” is an entertaining story of the ever-growing relationship between a mother and daughter pair at odds with one another. When the mother finds out that she is pregnant there will be a struggle to maintain a relationship with her teenage daughter. The film is directed by ‘The Forgotten Circus’ Director Shelly Love, written by Tess McGowan and produced by ‘Touched By An Angel’ producer Roma Downey and ‘The Survivalist’ producer Louise Gallagher.

This film is set in the small town of Londonderry, Ireland. Pamela (played by Bronagh Gallagher), a single mother, is struggling to connect with her teenage daughter Allegra (played by Lola Petticrew) who is dealing with her own problems at school. Pamela works part-time at a bakery. She and her daughter are low on money partially because of Allegra’s absent father. This forces them to live in the home that Pamela inherited from her deceased mother.

When Pamela is out celebrating her forty-fourth birthday she gets knocked up in the back of her

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