In 1933, a young woman leaves her rural home to chase her dream of becoming a writer in the city. She takes a job as a maid for a middle-aged printing house owner who quickly starts pursuing her romantically. They marry, but his passionate declarations of love soon turn cold. As political tensions rise in the country, their love story unfolds in a divided society, revealing toxic behaviours and power games that start innocently but lead to dire consequences.
“Life and Love” is a debut feature film by award-winning director Helen Takkin, who has previously directed short films and commercials. The film is produced by Kristian Taska and Adeele Tähemaa from Taska Film, Tanel Tatter and Veiko Esken from Apollo Film Productions. The cinematographer is Alvar Kõue, the production designer is Kamilla Kase, the costume designer is Anu Lensment, the composer is Mick Pedaja, and the screenwriter is Martin Algus.
The film stars Karolin Jürise (Irma), Mait Malmsten (Rudolf), Loviise Kapper (Lonni), and Ursel Tilk (Eedi) in leading roles. Other cast members include Alo Kõrve, Tõnis Niinemets, Steffi Pähn, Kristiina-Hortensia Port, Getter Meresmaa, Markus Luik, Helgur Rosental, Markus Habakukk, Mihkel Kabel and Laura Kukk.
The film is supported by Postimees, ERR, Elisa, Tartu Filmifond, High Voltage, Set Set Studio, Location Unit, DHL, Cramo, A. le Coq, Tradehouse, NAOS, Pro Beauté and Linnamäe Lihatööstus.
“Life and Love” will be released in theatres on February 16th 2024 and distributed by Hea Film.