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The Pastor of Reigi (1977)

Original title: Reigi õpetaja

Based on the story "The Pastor of Reigi" by Aino Kallas

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Feature film | Drama Duration 78:38

The Pastor of Reigi

Pastor Paul Lempelius comes to the island of HIiumaa that seems to be like the world's end. While serving the pastorate of Reigi in spirit and in truth, Lempelius hopes to get rid of the burden of destiny. However, the local people favour pagan traditions and distrust the strict kingdom of God that Lempelius teaches them. The pastor's beautiful yet childless wife Catharina yearns for joy of life and tenderness that she won't receive from his husband. Instead, a young assistant pastor Jonas Kempe offers her his love. Their love, disregarding all laws, and the primal lifestyle of the islanders ...

Director: Jüri Müür

Keywords: adultery | assistant teacher | budding love | love triangle | saving life | Christmas preparations | fanaticalness | emotional suffering | execution | humanity | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 78:38


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Director Jüri Müür
Screenwriter Valentin Kuik
Cinematographer Mihhail Dorovatovski
Art Director Halja Klaar
Costume Designer Hilda Kruusi
Composer Eino Tamberg
Editor Sirje Haagel
Content Editor Arvo Vallikivi
Writer of Adapted Work Aino Kallas
Managing Director Raimund Felt


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • in cinema: 27.02.1978, kino Sõprus, Tallinn , Estonia
  • in cinema: 02.1979, Moskva, USSR
  • on television: 02.01.1980, MTV2, Finland

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  • EFI
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  • Tallinnfilm