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The Year of the Hare (1977)
"Jäniksen vuosi" (original title)

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Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antti Litja ...
Kauko Helovirta ...
Desk Sergeant
Markku Huhtamo ...
Taxi Driver
Paavo Hukkinen ...
Taxi Driver in Heinola
Juha Kandolin ...
Photographer Miettinen
Kosti Klemelä ...
U. Kärkkäinen
Anna-Maija Kokkinen ...
Lawer Leila Heikkinen
Martti Kuningas ...
Hannikainen, former rural police chief
Ahti Kuoppala ...
Kaartinen
Hannele Lanu ...
Kiosk Vendor
Hannu Lauri ...
Advertising Manager Huhtinen
Heikki Nousiainen ...
Tourist guide Toropainen, "Mr. Toro"
Esa Pakarinen ...
Police Officer #2 (as Esa Pakarinen Jr.)
Martti Pennanen ...
Hunter #1
Tuija Piepponen ...
Irja (scenes deleted)
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Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his travel companion. Together they find reclusion in the Finnish Lapland, soon to be disturbed by a noisy group of foreign tourists and their pretentious Finnish hosts. When the hare gets ill and needs to see a vet, Vatanen must return to the city and finally face the choice between his new and former life. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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23 December 1977 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Harens år  »

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FIM 1,830,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First novel of Arto Paasilinna to be filmed. See more »

Quotes

Kaarlo Vatanen: I am ex-deodorant agent, actually ex-advertising agent, and I have had enough of the great, great fucking world of yours.
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Connections

Featured in Taiteilijaelämää: Antti Litja (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Kauppaopiston naiset
Composed and Lyrics by Kari Peitsamo
Performed by Kari Peitsamo and Ankkuli
© Warner/Chappell Music Finland Oy
Love Records
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Archetype of finnish mentality
29 January 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Jäniksen vuosi is one of Jarva's most political movies. It takes stance strongly against modern day society's authority status in the life of the common man, and how it has estranged men from the nature completely. It challenges the whole concept of freedom and wealth in our welfare society.

Vatanen (Antti Litja) - smothered buy the concrete jungle with all its rules and regulations - tries to rattle the chains of the society by escaping it all in to the wilderness of northern Finland - only to realize that the concept of a 'free country' isn't all that unambiguous, in other words, the society has the common man by the balls.

Still the thing that makes Jäniksen vuosi so exceptional - besides the visual and humouristic brilliance - is how it seems to illustrate the whole political atmosphere in Finland in the 70's, as well as the whole identity of Finland as a nation. Vatanen is like an archetype of a classical finn in his solitudeness and social distantness. Since nature has always played such an important role in the national identity of us Finns, the whole idea of that being slowly taken away by the modern society makes Jäniksen vuosi emotionally exceptionally moving.


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