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Fire-Eater (1998)

Tulennielijä (original title)
The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother, Sirkka, leaves the girls in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elina Hurme ...
Helena
Tiina Weckström ...
Mother
Elena Leeve ...
Helena 14 Years
Elsa Saisio ...
Irene 14 Years
Vappu Jurkka ...
Grandmother
Jordi Borrell ...
Ramon
Sari Havukainen ...
Helena 8 Years
Inka Vogt ...
Irene 8 Years
Unna Kitti ...
Girl
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Circus Director
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Clown
Sulevi Peltola ...
Arvo
Tõnu Kark ...
Russian Officer
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Heinz
Eeva-Maija Haukinen ...
Godmother #1
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The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother, Sirkka, leaves the girls in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and runs away with a German soldier. Their life under the protection of their grandmother and the teachings of communism ends first with the death of Stalin, then with that of their grandmother. The girls are eight years old when they are put in an orphanage. Their mother shows up at the orphanage in the company of Ramon, a Spanish trapeze artist. They are on a talent search for a German circus. Ramon trains the reluctant Irene during circus tours in Central Europe. She becomes the trapeze star of the circus. The hard work soon exhausts Irene and she falls from height, as if on purpose. Helena has secretly learned the art of fire-eating. Now she is burdened with both her mother and her sister. The violent life, however, separates the three from each other. In the present-day Helsinki the middle-aged ... Written by Anonymous

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An Emotionally Powerful Film
6 June 1999 | by (Seattle, USA) – See all my reviews

"Life consists of the gifted and those who serve"(the 25th Seattle International Film Festival official program). The film nostalgically shows a middle-aged lady (Helena)'s memory of her relationship with her twin sister, Irene, who was a star in a circus. Their extraordinary love led them to a fatal separation, when Helena found out that Irene stole her only skill 'fire-eating'. It's a memory of remorse. The stunning images and repeated symbological scenes made an emotionally powerful film.


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