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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A satirical description of three brothers and their father reunion. Ivarilla, Mitjalla Torstilla and have a common father but different mothers. The brothers meet after many years of father-Paavo’s 70th birthday. Meeting at the prompting many bitter memories of the past and also the uncomfortable truths of the father, which is all like brothers guilty of misfortune in life.
Rööperi / Hellsinki (2009) Aleksi Mäkelä, Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzén, Kari Hietalahti, Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Varastettu kuolema / Stolen Death (1938) Nyrki Tapiovaara, Tuulikki Paananen, Ilmari Mänty, Santeri Karilo, Thriller
Arvottomat / The Worthless (1982) Mika Kaurismäki, Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas, Crime, Drama
Paha perhe / Bad Family (2010) Aleksi Salmenperä, Ville Virtanen, Lauri Tilkanen, Pihla Viitala, Drama
Hamlet liikemaailmassa / Hamlet Goes Business (1987) Aki Kaurismäki, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Esko Salminen, Kati Outinen, Comedy, Drama, Romance
A bizarre black-and-white film noir reworking of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. After the death of his father, young Hamlet inherits a seat on the board of a company controlled by his uncle that decides to move into the rubber duck market. But Hamlet is suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his father’s death…