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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Director Mollberg met the 19-year-old ship waitress Maritta Viitamäki in the Port of Mikkeli. Viitamäki needed parental permission by law to be part of the film since she was underage (the age of majority in Finland at the time was twenty years of age). Her parents were concerned since the role of Martta Mäkelä included several scenes of nudity. Author Timo K. Mukka was also 19-year-old when his debut novel "Maa on syntinen laulu" was released. See more »

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Unpolished masterpieces
21 October 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Simply superb movie by late Rauni Molberg based on book of same name by Timo K. Mukka. Story set on poor rural region in western Lapland some years after Continuation War. Especially dialog is on level of its own and this film uses not so well know local dialect of border region between Finland and Sweden in Lapland. This movie has caused fair share of controversies be chose it show how the things really were during time (and quite some time after that) and place it depicts. Upon its 1974 release, it was the most widely attended film in Finnish film history. I can not comprehend why master piece like this is on limited distribution by Finnish National film Board. One can only hope that now when esteemed Mr Molberg has passed on his master piece can finally receive wider distribution


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