Archive of films Good Hands / Labas rokas

Latvia / Estonia
2001, 93 min

Section: Focus on Baltic Film (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
Year: 2003

A playfully depicted account of Margita, a thief who unexpectedly settles down in a small Estonian town among people she can’t seem to get along with. To her surprise, she not only finds friends there, but a love true enough to turn her into a respectable wife and mother. 


A playfully depicted account of two girlfriends from a children’s home who set out on an adventure across Estonia and Latvia. They make their way by stealing. The lovely Latvian Margita, gifted with especially dexterous fingers, one day decides to settle in Estonia. Her arrival creates ripples in the calm surface of the provincial town, and though she can’t seem to agree on anything with anyone, she soon finds admirers and good friends. Love even finds her and turns her into a respectable wife and mother.

About the director

Peeter Simm (b. 1953) graduated in direction from Moscow’s VGIK film school with Wood-Goblin (1976). He shot several short films at a Tallinn film studio and then under his own production: Tattoo (1978), Stereo (1978), Anchor (1991) and Aida (1999). He also wrote and directed As You Sow (1981), Arabela, The Pirate’s Daughter (1983), There Were Trees (1985), Dance Round the Steamboiler (1988), The Man Who Never Existed (1989), Roller-Coaster (1994). Good Hands (Labas rokas, 2001) garnered many festival awards.


National Film Centre of Latvia
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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Focus on Baltic Film (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
Director: Peeter Simm
Screenplay: Toomas Raudam, Peeter Simm
Dir. of Photography: Uldis Jancis
Editor: Sirje Haagel
Producer: Artur Talviks, Gatis Upmalis
Production: f.O.R.M.A.
Cast: Rezija Kalnina, Tiit Sukk, Lembit Ulfsak, Tonu Kark
Contact: National Film Centre of Latvia


Ieva Pitruka

Festival Organizer

Rezija Kalnina

Bruno Aščuks

Film Institution Rep.


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