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Borrowing Matchsticks (1980)

Za spichkami (original title)
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Evgeniy Leonov ...
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ...
Jussi Vatanen
Rita Polster ...
Anna-Liisa Ihalainen
Ritva Valkama ...
Miina Sormunen
Georgiy Vitsin ...
Tahvo Kenonen, tailor
Galina Polskikh ...
Kaisa Karhutar
Kauko Helovirta ...
Constable Torvelainen
Leo Lastumäki ...
Mulon Partanen
Pekka Autiovuori ...
Turtiainen
Olavi Ahonen ...
Ville Huttunen
Sergey Filippov ...
Hyvärinen
Nina Grebeshkova ...
Hyvärinen's wife
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Police chief
Vera Ivleva ...
Anna-Kaisa Hyvärinen
Martti Pennanen ...
Blacksmith (as M. Pennanen)
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18 January 1980 (Finland)  »

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For the Matches  »

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For the Finnish release, all the characters played by Russians were dubbed in Finnish. See more »

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Version of Tulitikkuja lainaamassa (1938) See more »

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Kak khorosho podnyatsya v oblaka
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Iosif Kobzon
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An unknown gem
6 March 2014 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Set in nineteenth-century Finland, this is situational comedy at its absolute best. A grumpy village wife sends her husband to borrow some matches from their next-lake neighbor. On his way, the poor fellow meets an old drinking buddy and gets completely sidetracked, forgetting all about the task at hand in order to help his friend marry the girl of his dreams (which he ultimately does in the end - never mind it's a totally different girl). A bitter-sweet confusion follows, resulting in a drunken brawl, a prison sentence, a ship sinking on its way to America, several weddings being arranged then called off, finally culminating in the hero's own "funeral". Side-splitting but done with great taste and style.

The film - and the novel of the same name it's based on - offer a rare sympathetic glimpse into the life of rural 19th-century Finland. The movie succeeds in conveying the novel's biggest strength: its characters, uneducated but amazing men and women whose simple hearts are bursting with love and hope. A rare gem worthy of being on the "Best ever" list.


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