June 14th, 1941. Without warning tens of thousands of people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were removed from their homes. Without any sort of trial men faced being sent to prison camps and women and children were deported to Siberia. Then aim of this extraordinary operation – carried out on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin – was to purge the Baltic countries of their native inhabitants. Erna, happily married and the mother of a young daughter, is sent to Siberia. For her, time takes on another dimension.
FREE RANGE / BALLAD ON APPROVING OF THE WORLD is the third feature from Venice Horizons award-winning (for "Autumn Ball", 2007) Estonian film director Veiko Õunpuu. A story about an aspiring young writer whose girlfriend becomes pregnant, forcing him to come to terms about his place in the world. How to live knowing that you might never know joy in day-to-day life? That you will never know the true pride from your work? That there is no meaning, no goal, no hope for improvement? That life will continue and you have to get used to it.