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A Land of Glass

Lithuanian director Janina Lapinskaite poaches on Tarkovsky territory with this chilly, enigmatic 2004 story of a woman (Jurga Kalvaityte) who's struggling with motherhood. Saddled with an emotionally detached husband, she's the primary caregiver for two challenging children: an infant who may die of an unnamed disease and a little girl who keeps running off to nearby marshes to await the arrival of some mysterious beings. Increasingly unable to cope with the stress, the woman begins to deteriorate, her desolation mirrored by lingering shots of the austere winter landscape. Lapinskaite tries to suggest a deeper spiritual struggle as well, but it's overshadowed by the sweeping sense of clinical depression. In Lithuanian with subtitles. 70 min.

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