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Holger Salin ...
Liisa Nevalainen ...
Petri Tanner ...
Sake
Jukka Eklund ...
Vesteri
Marianne Eronen ...
Petti
Terhi Virtanen ...
Iita Linta Maria
Tiina Jokela ...
Pirjeri
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Rakel Laakso ...
Kunilla
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Pentti Irjala ...
Shoemaker Raappana
Tyyne Haarla ...
Cupper Kaisa
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Jussi Kettuvaara
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Priest
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Guy #2
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In 1906, a poor farmer in the backwoods of Finland -- then part of Russia -- struggles to make a living for his wife and four children. He hears about a new law that will allow equal voting rights to all citizens, rich and poor, men and women. He attends a Socialist meeting and starts believing that everything will turn better after the upcoming election. Instead, things only get worse for him and his wife after the election day. They start blaming themselves, believing that their tragedies are God's way of punishing them for voting the Socialists. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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According to director Matti Kassila, the idea to film Punainen viiva (1959) came from Roland af Hällström, who already had filmed another novel (Ryysyrannan Jooseppi (1955)) by Ilmari Kianto. Punainen viiva (1959) would have been also af Hällströms project, but sadly he died during filming Lain mukaan (1956). So producer Mauno Mäkelä offered the project to Matti Kassila, who took the directorial responsibility although he didn't find the subject of the movie very close to him. See more »

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Camera's shadow is reflected on Topias when he's walking the main street with Riikka on their way to vote. See more »

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Featured in Suomen historian myytit: Ensimmäiset vaalit 1907 (2010) See more »

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It's 1906, the year of Finland's first parliamentary election.Also women get to vote, and the poor people are starting to see they have rights.Punainen Viiva (1959) is directed by Matti Kassila.Today I saw this 88-year old director reminiscing his wonderful career on the morning show (Aamu-Tv).Roland af Hällström was supposed to be the original director of this movie, but he had a heart attack and died.The movie is based on the great Ilmari Kianto's book from 1909, which I read a couple of years ago.I really liked the leading actors of this movie.Holger Salin (Jussi winner) and Liisa Nevalainen are just perfect as Topi and Riina Romppanen.Jussi Jurkka, who won one of the movie's five Jussi awards, is terrific as Agitator Puntarpää.Rakel Laakso is great as Kunilla.Tarmo Manni is excellent as Simana Arhippaini.Pentti Irjala is superb as Shoemaker Raappana.Toivo Mäkelä is very good as Jussi Kettuvaara.Great work by Matti Oravisto, who portrays Priest.Martti Kainulainen and Leo Jokela are fantastic as Guy #1 and #2.Tapio Hämäläinen, Kaarlo Juurela and Pertti Palo are seen as men on the hill.Veikko Linna is seen as Man and Elsa Turakainen is seen as Lady.This is some really skilled movie making by Mr. Kassila.I enjoyed watching the dream sequence.And all the drama in the end really touched me.


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