In the 1910s, beautiful young Silja loses both parents and ends up working as a maid at wealthier farms around her village. She is courted by a number of bachelors, ranging from simple ... See full summary »

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Rantoon professori
Pentti Siimes ...
Honkkeli-Väinö
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Tonttilan Oskari
Kaarlo Halttunen ...
Salmeluksen Kustaa
Oke Tuuri ...
Amerikan Ville
Kullervo Kalske ...
Siiverin isäntä
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Siiverin emäntä
Pentti Irjala ...
Kierikan isäntä
Kerttu Hämeranta ...
Kierikan emäntä
Aino Lohikoski ...
Sofia
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Valkoisten komppanianpäällikkö
Heimo Lepistö ...
Teliniemi
Emmi Jurkka ...
Pietiskä
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In the 1910s, beautiful young Silja loses both parents and ends up working as a maid at wealthier farms around her village. She is courted by a number of bachelors, ranging from simple farmhand Väinö to sophisticated young student Armas whom she meets when working for a charming old professor. However, Silja's health starts to deteriorate, and when the Finnish Civil War breaks up in 1918, she is inadvertently involved in a small incident after which her loyalties are questioned by both the Reds and the Whites. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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27 April 1956 (Finland)  »

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Aku Korhonen designed his own costume for the movie. See more »

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You can see a radio antenna on the roof of Silja's home before there where any radios in Finland See more »

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Version of Silja's Summer Night (2013) See more »

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The tragedy of a young woman

Silja Salmelus is a young orphan girl living in the 1910's rural Finland.She is courted by some bachelors because Silja happens to be extraordinary beautiful.The simple farmhand wants her and a few others but she loses her heart to a young student called Armas who she meets while working for an old professor.In 1918 the Finnish Civil War breaks and Silja has problems with both the Reds and the Whites.Jack Witikka is the director of Silja-nuorena nukkunut (1956).It's based on F.E. Sillanpää's novel.I haven't read the book but I really should some day.The movie is very good.Heidi Silja Krohn is one good reason why it works.That's right, Heidi Krohn's second name is Silja.She was born to play the part of this tragic character and it is her best known role.The fantastic Jussi Jurkka plays Armas.The sympathetic Aku Korhonen is Rantoon Professori.Pentti Siimes, the master of both dramatic and comedic roles does the part of Honkkeli-Väinö.Tommi Rinne could also do both drama and comedy and he plays the part of Tonttilan Oskari.Kaarlo Halttunen plays Silja's father Salmeluksen Kustaa.Oke Tuuri is Amerikan Ville who tries to rape Silja in one dramatic scene.Pentti Irjala is Kierikan isäntä.Åke Lindman, the face of many Finnish movies plays Valkoisten komppanianpäällikkö.Sakari Jurkka is Rinne.Leo Riuttu is Pastori.Not only does the drama work in this movie but it's also a treat to watch the Finnish countryside.This movie is beautiful in many ways.


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