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Our Father... (1993)

Isä meidän (original title)
Young sailor Juhani returns to his childhood home, an abandoned farm in the Finnish countryside. He takes his old senile father out of the local nursing home and brings him back to see the ... See full summary »

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Hannu Kivioja ...
Juhani Haavisto
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Eino Haavisto
Elina Hurme ...
Marja Rantanen
Heikki Kujanpää ...
Aarne Armas Rantanen
Matti Onnismaa ...
Young Eino
Aino Aaltonen ...
Aino Rantanen
Antti Mattila ...
Young Juhani
Kosti Klemelä ...
Old Man
Vieno Saaristo ...
School Teacher
Elli Castrén ...
Nurse
Aarno Sulkanen ...
Vicar
Pertti Husu ...
Accordion Player
Sulo Lanu ...
Asko
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Young sailor Juhani returns to his childhood home, an abandoned farm in the Finnish countryside. He takes his old senile father out of the local nursing home and brings him back to see the farm once more. Haunted by a dark secret since his childhood, Juhani wants to settle accounts with his father and lay to rest the ghosts of the past. But in the desolate village he meets a young woman with a child and finds a possibility for a new life. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Pieni sydän
Music by Valto Tynnilä
Lyrics by Tatu Pekkarinen
Arranged by Pertti Husu
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One of the all time best Finnish films.
12 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Which in itself does not mean much keeping in mind the "enormous" contribution of Finnish cinema to the world of art. However the less than memorable past of Finnish filmmaking often tends to conceal the fact that in the nineties many excellent films were made in Finland. Sadly most of them, like this one, were left without commercial international distribution because there just is no tradition for that sort of thing.

It seems almost futile to mention that this film is actually very good. it tells a beautifully subtle story of a sailor coming home to take care of his elderly crippled father. Somewhere along memories of childhood abuse start surfacing in the sailors mind and he finds out that life on the dry land can be quite stormy as well.

Beautiful, sensitive and stylish piece of filmmaking that the good people who publish videos in the English speaking world should see. They make such exotic artists such as Kiarostami of Iran available but often refuse to look closer for gems.


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