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The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973)

Maa on syntinen laulu (original title)
An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-... See full summary »

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Maritta Viitamäki ...
Martta Mäkelä
Pauli Jauhojärvi ...
Juhani Mäkelä
Aimo Saukko ...
Old man Mäkelä
Milja Hiltunen ...
Alli Mäkelä
Sirkka Saarnio ...
Elina Pouta
Niiles-Jouni Aikio ...
Oula
Veikko Kotavuopio ...
Kurki-Pertti
Jouko Hiltunen ...
Hannes
Osmo Hettula ...
The preacher
Maija-Liisa Ahlgren ...
Aino Liinukorpi
Kauko Jauhojärvi ...
Antti Lanto
Irja Uusisalmi ...
Anna Kurkela
Eelis Tiensuu ...
Poudan isäntä
Elsa Kellinsalmi ...
Poudan emäntä
Toivo Lampela ...
Outakodan vanhaisäntä
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An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-year-old girl turns up pregnant, her alcoholic father is outraged and a series of tragic events follows. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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2 November 1973 (Finland)  »

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Mollberg and Rajala met the original author Timo K. Mukka in his home in Pello, Finnish Lapland, when they were still preparing the screenplay. The eccentric author was reserved at first but eventually got along with Mollberg. In the autumn of 1972 Mukka also visited in the village of Kätkäjärvi, Kittilä, where the film was shot on location. He died roughly six months later and never saw the finished film (he saw only excerpts). See more »

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Referenced in Matka suomalaiseen elokuvaan: Tutkiva katse (2006) See more »

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The simple life, the hard way
14 July 2007 | by (Tornio, Finland) – See all my reviews

Maa on syntinen laulu (The Earth is a Sinful Song) is an earthy tale about a girl living in a peasant community in northern Finland before the Second World War. The film depicts without flinching the utter destitution and squalor of the life of the rural poor before the advent of modern times reached this remote area. So much so, in fact, that modern day Finns of the mobile phone generation do not recognize themselves at all in the story and tend to reject it. They cannot imagine that this was actually how their grand parents (may have) lived.

The protagonists in this tragic tale are mostly ugly, dirty and unshaven (including the women) and of questionable morals. The interaction is rough and at times violent, especially against animals. The only escape the people have from their abject poverty is religious zeal, liquor and sex (sometimes consumed in combination). All in all it is not an easy film to digest, but as a document of life in the olden days it stands firm.


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