Magazine article Screen International

People out There

Magazine article Screen International

People out There

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Dir/scr: Aiks Karapetjans. Latvia. 2012. 89mins

Much of the cinema emanating from the Baltic and Eastern European regions over the past few years has been preoccupied with stories of youth underclass determined to escape from their desperate surroundings. People Like Us - the Latvian debut feature that had its international premiere in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary - is no exception as it's a raw view of a generation whose morality is as decayed as the environment they come from.

This is a sometimes audacious piece of work from first timer Aiks Karapetjans.

The film centres upon Jan, a twentysomething living with his grandfather. We begin with noting the two sides to his personality: he'll gleefully steal a car radio yet is loyal to his grandfather. It's clear that Jan is the typical 'good child under the bad influence of his peers'.

Amongst the life of casual theft and violence that he inhabits, he becomes obsessed with the beautiful and rich Sabrina. He is soon clambering for an affluent lifestyle - one which he'll never be able to achieve. …

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