Scene from the film The Worm
Scene from the film The Worm

The Worm

  • Latvia
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Inese (41) and Karlis (62) occupy an illegally built hut in the suburbs of Riga in Latvia. After the collapse of socialism, they have found themselves at the bottom of the social ladder, doomed to fighting for mere existence. They live on a single retiring allowance and other people’s leftovers. They are neither alcoholics nor criminals, they are les misérables of today. They are growing scraggy vegetables, picking mushrooms, gathering windfallen branches for fuel, and breeding earthworms for anglers. Everything they put their hands to falls through… After fifteen years of living together, Karlis and Inese are expecting their first baby.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Elvita Ruka
  • DOP
    Agris Birzulis
  • Editing
    Gunta Ikere, Raimonds Špakovskis
  • Duration
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Latvia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Awards
    • Best Full-length Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps (2005)
    • Best Baltic Documentary, International Film Forum Arsenals 2006 (Riga) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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