15 Eastern European Cult Classic Films You Should Know About

Mehed_ei_nuta_(1968)Men Don’t Cry (Estonian: Mehed ei nuta), dir. Sulev Nõmmik (1969)

One of the most culturally influential movies of the Soviet occupation era in Estonia, Men Don’t Cry is about a group of people who suffer from perpetual insomnia (among other issues). They think they’re being taken to a sanitarium for treatment (“Sanitarium… Sanatarium is vacation, bar, women, music! I am a totally healthy man and I want to have all that!”), but in fact end up on an island built for “work therapy.” The men realize that they’ve been kidnapped and decide to hatch an escape.