Latviešu mīlestība [Latvian Love]

[Wiener Festwochen.]

Latvian Love is a play by Alvis Hermanis [German] and stars Guna Zariņa, Baiba Broka, Vilis Daudziņš, Ģirts Krūmiņš and Kaspars Znotiņš. The actors improvised and wrote the scenes themselves.

Starting with reading real lonely hearts ad, Alvis Hermanis and his actors explore the first meetings of 13 couples in Latvia. Those meetings range from teenage poetry readings to two retirees who just want to make their lives a little easier by sharing it with someone.

Latvian Love is a wonderful play. It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s beautiful. The actors are amazing, as is the costume and stage design (by Monika Pormale). It just runs a tad too long – 10 scenes would have probably been enough (though I wouldn’t really know which scenes to cut).

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