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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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Storyline

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jussi Kylätasku did some uncredited "dialogue polish" on the script. See more »

Quotes

Photographer Miettinen: I lost my pal in the woods.
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Connections

Version of Le lièvre de Vatanen (2006) 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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amazing film. an all-time favorite - looking for DVD
10 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film in the best Scandinavian eldritch magic tradition, with very far sighted analysis of much of the big issues we are just starting to face.

Should be compulsory viewing for all politicians.

Take your pick from privacy, nuclear sustainability, global climate change, quality of life.

Reminiscent of Thoreaus' Walden, but with modern twist, and considerable humour.

I'm not Finnish, although I've travelled there and have good Finnish friends, but I found it totally accessible, and also culturally informative.


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