It tells the story of an aging KGB agent (Eduards Pavuls) who is forced to live the rest of his life in a house in whose basement he had tortured and murdered people during the summer of 1941. Yet, the film itself is really about much more than that. It is about film-making and contemporary life and the notions of guilt and responsibility. The film is told in three parts. The first, "Mea Culpa", is a film within a film. It is about the screening of the KGB agent's story.
In the film within the film, the KGB agent hires two construction workers (Renars Kaupers and Andris Berzins) to brick up the door to the basement to prevent the ghosts of all those he had killed from coming after him. As the two workers discover the true nature of the job they resolve to avenge all those who had died by killing the Chekist, but eventually end up saving him from killing himself. Unfortunately, no one, other than the director (Arturs Skrastins), likes the finished product and it is decided that additional scenes need to be shot to improve it.
The second part, "Agnus Dei", is about the shooting of an additional horror scene to in which the ghosts, accompanied by a spectre of Jesus nailed to a cross, chase the Chekist. One of the people hanging around the shoot, a filthy drunken bum looking for a free drink, unbeknownst to anyone is the actual real life KGB agent. During a break in the filming, while no one is watching, he nails the actor (Kaupers) playing Jesus to the actual cross.
The last part of the film, "Tuba Mirum", is about the relationship between the young actor (Kaupers), the film's producer (Ivars Kalnins) and the woman they both love (Aurelija Anuzite). It all comes to a head as the sadistic producer tries to rape Anuzite, Kaupers comes to her rescue, and with the help of the ghosts of the victims of the old parish house, they triumph over all.
Riga Film Studio (RKS)
Director: Janis Streics
Runtime: 105 min
Cast: Eduards Pavuls, Renars Kaupers, Aurelija Anuzite,Andris Berzins,Arturs Skrastins, Olga Drege