Archive of films End of the Chain / Keti lõpp

2017, 81 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2017

Have you ever had a bad day? Well, it would be difficult to top the catastrophe facing a waitress at a fast-food outlet, where people come not for a quick meal but simply to have a good cry. This high-spirited comedy, about the worst that can happen when you’re slaving from dawn to dusk, also examines existential dilemmas, unconcealed selfishness, and the essential desire for compassion.


A dreary morning at a fast-food restaurant with not a soul in sight – it bodes nothing good. An idea for a cultural interlude that would liven up the place turns tragic, foreshadowing the atmosphere of the entire day. The fact is, everyone who arrives, instead of ordering a burger, tries to involve the nice waitress in the kind of trouble it’s best not even to know about. On top of that, a visit from her parents, who are disappointed by their daughter’s dead-end life, only brings on greater bitterness, while an obliging philosopher sums up her job concisely: a pointless activity that obviates the need for a brain. Can such a day ever turn out well? The Estonian director’s lightly humorous debut, based on the play of the same name by Paavo Piik, draws upon the unfortunately true saying that misery loves company. The simple starting premise and the use of virtually only a single location required great inventiveness from the director, which he employs to punctuate the story with humour. The fluid camera drifting through the interior of the neon restaurant and the solid electronic soundtrack take us on a stylish ride to the depths of a lovelorn soul.

Kamila Dolotina

About the director

Priit Pääsuke

Priit Pääsuke (b. 1975, Tallinn, Estonia, USSR) studied natural sciences at the University of Tartu before falling for film. After graduating in direction in his hometown, he and some classmates founded Luxfilm productions; there he takes on editing, sound, production, screenwriting, and directing duties. In addition, he has shot a number of commercials, and this year he debuted in theater direction with an adaptation of Woody Allen’s one-act play Riverside Drive. After the successful short Black Peter (Must Peeter, 2008), which toured over 20 festivals, he co-directed an hour-long documentary in 2015 entitled Impromptu, about experimental musicians and their place in the music world. His feature debut The End of the Chain is a refreshing and entertaining picture about a very long, ill-fated day.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Priit Pääsuke
Screenplay: Paavo Piik, based on his stage play of the same name / na motivy své stejnojmenné divadelní hry
Dir. of Photography: Meelis Veeremets
Music: Rainer Jancis, Ann Reimann 
Editor: Valter Nõmm, Priit Pääsuke
Art Director: Eugen Tamberg
Producer: Marianne Ostrat
Production: Alexandra Film
Coproduction: Luxfilm, Filmivabrik, Angel Films, Cineunit, 1Agentuur
Cast: Maiken Schmidt, Hendrik Toompere jr
Contact: Alexandra Film


Priit Pääsuke

Film Director, Producer

Maiken Schmidt


Marianne Ostrat


Hendrik Toompere


Meelis Veeremets

Director of Photography


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