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A plane hijacker befriends a seven-year-old American boy, who serves as his voluntary hostage after a forced landing in Riga. Latvian filmmaker Leila Pakalnina likes to compose portions of her mise en scene in circular pans and other seemingly unmotivated camera movements, so part of the kick of her absurdist comedy and antithriller (2006) is that you're never sure what's coming next. Her Tatiesque pleasure in both animals and people is contagious. In English and subtitled Latvian. 74 min.

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