Tag Archives: Finnish

Unelma karjamajalla / In the Fields of Dreams (1940) Teuvo Tulio, Sirkka Salonen, Olga Tainio, Kaarlo Oksanen, Drama, Romance

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This rural melodrama, based on the play “Hälsingar” by Swedish playwright Henning Ohlson, tells a story of two brothers, one a honest, hard-working man and the other a womanizing gambler who threatens to ruin their house. The latter hires a poor village girl as a maid, sparking the jealousy of a lustful senior maid. After the philandering brother has made the new maid pregnant and flees to America to avoid the consequences of his financial misdeeds, his elder brother is left to clean up the mess.

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Tuntematon sotilas / The Unknown Soldier (1955) Edvin Laine, Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Drama, War

Tuntematon sotilas (1955)
It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns – the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine’s epic interpretation of Väinö Linna’s war novel “Tuntematon Sotilas” is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history.

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Thomas (2008) Miika Soini, Lasse Pöysti, Mauri Heikkilä, Visa Koiso-Kanttila, Drama

Thomas (2008)
Thomas, a former doctor, a widower, lives alone in a basement apartment in Helsinki. His routine becomes even more limited when his misanthropic brother dies, reducing Thomas’ human contact to practically nil. As with many seniors, he’s basically invisible to passersby, though Thomas in particular avoids engaging with those around him. When he runs into his estranged daughter Marie, he tries to create a bridge.

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