Purge tells the story of Soviet oppression in Estonia through a sprawling tale of sex trafficking, abuse, and betrayal. Two women from different eras are dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them. Aliide has experienced the horrors of the Stalin era and the deportation of Estonians to Siberia, but she herself has to cope with the guilt of opportunism and even manslaughter. One night in 1992, she finds a young woman in the courtyard of her house; Zara has just escaped from the claws of the Russian mafia who held her as a sex slave. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other’s motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia’s Soviet occupation.

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120 min
Not Rated
Year: 2012
Country: Finland
Language: Finnish with English subtitles
Festivals: Busan International Film Festival
Director: Antti Jokinen
Screenwriter: Marko Leino, Antti Jokinen

Laura Birn, Liisi Tandefelt, Amanda Pilke