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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 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 ...
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)


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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Comedy | Drama






Release Date:

23 December 1977 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Jäniksen vuosi  »

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FIM 1,830,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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In the Paasilinna's novel Kaarlo Vatanen is a journalist, but in the film his occupation is an advertising-agent. See more »


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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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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All Jarva's films are worth of seeing.
11 February 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

All Risto Jarva's films are worth of seeing. Some like "Jäniksen vuosi" and "Loma" are best films in their genre and have reached a status of a classics in Finnish cinema-history.

Most people have formed a impression of actor Antti Litja through Jarva's films. Litja acted leading role in three of Jarva's films which all became successes at box office and movie reviews.

It's nice to see that idea of "Jäniksen Vuosi" still lives in commercials (I think it was tele-operator Sonera's TV add where Litja was walking in mountain fell at Lapland with hare in his arms. Everibody who has seen the film knows what I am talking about..) "Jäniksen Vuosi" Is a beautiful film with great actors and good filming locations - like famous small town in Lappland, Sodankylä, where the best Film festival in the world is held - The Midnight Sun Film Festival. I recommend it for all to go there on June - but remember warm clothes and raincoat :)

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