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Dancis pa trim (Three to Dance)

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"Dancis pa trim" (Three to Dance) is a 2011. Latvian movie, directed by Arvīds Krievs. The film is based on Voldemāra Kārkliņa novel "Tikai mīlestība".

The film is about events during World War Two in the territory of Latvia, regarding the Latvian Central Council and the theme of the Kureļa group. The main roles in the movie are played by Mārtiņš Freimanis (lieutenant Ginters Hartvigs, Atis), Kristīne Nevarauska (Sandra, Eva) and Jānis Vingris (private first class Alfrēds Smilga).

The move was premiered in 2011.

This was the last film in which Mārtiņš Freimanis acted, who died at the beginning of 2011.[3] Similarity, before the movie premiered operator Dāvis Sīmanis, actors Leonīds Locenieks and Kristīne Bēdele died.

In the first month "Danci pa trim" was attended an audience of 19 500 .


The film starts in the present, with a group of youths who are recovering, for historians, the bodies of fallen German soldiers. The narrator, Atis, tells us that his grandfather, Alfrēds, had served in general Kurelis army (This army was a group of soldiers who served under the Germans at the very end of the war, yet had also tried and failed to garner the support of western powers to re-establish independent Latvia).

In the past, four men will be shot by the Germans for desertion. A young women, named Sandra, is franticly trying to find help. She meets an old acquaintance named, Günter. He is a Baltic German, who is serving in the Wehrmacht and who she knows from before the war. Günter speaks to the German commander, leading a unit that is stationed in a mansion. The commander says that the group of men had deserted, and joined Kurelis, and that for this they must be shot.

In the present, we learn that Atis father has died in the Afghanistan war. Atis has been raised by his grandmother, Sandra. He is in his 30s and is researching his family’s history. All the while, he is also restoring the mansion, where the events of the past took place, as a hotel. He wants to know about his grandfather, but his grandmother is unwilling to speak of him. When he asks his grandmother, she says “who knows what his fate was.”

In the past we see Sandra meet Günter at a train station, before Alfrēds has been taken prisoner. They exchange pleasantries. We see that deserters from the Latvian Legion are joining Kurelis and, as the front deteriorates, Kurelis men plan on being evacuated to Sweden. Yet, Alfrēds and the three other men are given a box of documents that they are entrusted to protect.

In the present, while digging in the basement of the mansion, Atis finds a photo of Günter. He asks his grandmother who it is, she answers “he helped in the war.” He asks about the loving message, to Sandra, that is written on the back of the photo and if she had a relationship with him. She answers, “What stupidity!”

In the past, we learn that general Kurelis has been arrested by the Germans. They have found out about his contact with the British. The four men decide to go to the woods and join the partisans, but first they must hide the box. They arrive on Sandra’s family farm, nearby the mansion and learn that Alfrēds knows Sandra from school. They give the box to Sandra’s father, for him to hide it. The men spend the night in the barn, while Alfrēds sneaks to Sandra’s room. Yet the Germans arrive and arrest them. Günter is there and convinces the men not to take Sandra and her family, by giving them some bottles of vodka.

In the present, we see an airBaltic airplane arrive at Riga airport. An older English-speaking gentleman has arrived at the mansion to stay as a guest. In the past, Sandra has arrived at the mansion where the men are held captive. She wants to convince Günter to write her a visitor’s pass; to vouch for her as Alfrēds wife. Alfrēds invites Sandra to his room. They listen to a record and dance together. “I like you,” he says. “I like you too,” she replies. “I don’t know anymore where the border between the truth and lies is,” he replies.

In the present, Atis, finds bones buried in the basement of the mansion. In the past, the German commanding officer interviews the four men. He says “I can help you if you tell me where Kurelis papers are.” Yet, they refuse. In Günter room, Sandra says to Günter “they say nothing in life is for free” and then they start to kiss.

In the present, Atis confronts his grandmother. “Is this grandfather?” he asks as he holds up the photo of Günter. “I think you are hiding something from me,” he says. “Stupidity,” she replies. Atis presses Sandra and says “I have a right to know!” She doesn’t reply, yet together they recover Kurelis documents, hidden under the porch. Later, Atis meets the local priest and asks about his grandfather and he says that he married them. But this goes against the story that he died in the war. “How long is history hidden,” Atis narrates, “We hid it from ourselves. What are we afraid of?”

In the past, Sandra is dressing in the quarters of Günter. She gives him a locket, with her photo in it. The men are provided a last supper and Sandra is allowed to join. Sandra asks the priest present if he would wed her and Alfrēds. They are wed and allowed to spend the night together. Sandra is guilty that she cannot save Alfrēds. “But you have already saved me,” he says. “You mean if we have a child?” she asks. “Yes, what will you tell him or her when they grow up?” he asks. “I don’t know, but I guess what was between us you can’t tell children,” she replies. “Tell them that the Germans shot me… No, tell them that I died in the war.”

Günter is given the documents ordering the men’s execution, yet he destroys them; this postpones the execution. Günter goes into the basement cell, where the men are being held. “I love Sandra” he tells Alfrēds as he opens the door for them to escape. The general comes to the cell and finds Günter alone. “The war was over a long time ago” he tells the commander and he is immediately shot. The commander tells the other men to bury him where he fell. We see Alfrēds and the men running through the forest. They are stopped by Russians. The Russians take their rings, watches and valuables and tell them that the war is over; that they are free to go. As they turn to leave they are shot.

In the present, Atis confronts his grandmother with the locket she gave Günter. “Grandma, I have found my real grandfather,” he says. “And I waited all these years,” she replies. The English speaking tourist comes to the family home. “Sandra, I am Alfrēds. I survived,” he says. “Why have you come?” she replies. “I saw a dream,” he answers. “Dreams are dreams and life is life,” she tells him.

In the past we see Alfrēds injured, being picked up by a family and taken by boat to Sweden. In the present, we see Atis, Sandra, Alfrēds and the priest burying Günter remains. The movie ends with a scene of Sandra, Günter and Alfrēds, young, all together and both men in uniform, in a flowering garden.

Interesting Facts[edit]

  • The movie was filmed at Jaunpils Castle and Ēdole Castle.


  1. Arvīds Krievs: 'Dancis pa trim' ir pretkara filma, delfi.lv
  2. LIELĀ INTERVIJA: Arvīds Krievs - Vai karš Latvijai patiešām ir beidzies? Archived 2011-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, sportnet.lv
  3. "Negaidīti miris mūziķis Mārtiņš Freimanis". TvNet. 2011. Retrieved 2011. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

External links[edit]

Category:Latvian-language films

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