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The Swan and the Wanderer (1999)
"Kulkuri ja joutsen" (original title)

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The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tapio Liinoja ...
Tapio Rautavaara
Martti Suosalo ...
Reino Helismaa
Heikki Nousiainen ...
Esa Pakarinen
Anna Haaranen ...
Lempi Helismaa
Heidi Herala ...
Liisa Rautavaara
Ari Wirta ...
Masa Niemi
Pertti Koivula ...
Kauko Toivonen
Aulis Rosendahl ...
Aatos Mähönen
Martti Katajisto ...
Maisteri Särkkä
Matti Mäntylä ...
Raimo Grönberg ...
Olavi Virta
Ilkka Koivula ...
Jorma Ikävalko
Kai Lehtinen ...
Lj. Liimatainen
Ritva Kanerva ...
Rautavaara's mother
Tuija Piepponen ...
Siiri Angerkoski


The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship got frictious for a long time. The film covers the years from 1949 to 1965 (Helismaa's death). Since the film is based on real-life persons it also tells much about the change in Finland during those years and of course much about Finnish popular music. Written by T.J.A.

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Biography | Drama | Music





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19 February 1999 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

El vagabundo y el cisne  »

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When Rautavaara, Helismaa & co enter the hardware store in the beginning of the film, a modern style light switch and electric cabling can be briefly seen on a wall of the shop vestibule. See more »


Referenced in The Rose of the Rascal (2001) See more »


Rovaniemen markkinoilla
Written and arranged by Toivo Kärki
Lyrics by Reino Helismaa
Performed by Ilkka Koivula, Martti Suosalo, Heikki Laurila and Jaakko Salo
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Touching documentary of two popular Finnish musicians
7 June 1999 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Film is basically drama made of true story of Tapio Rautavaara (kind of post-WW2 national hero (Olympic champion and singer), who made himself known as romantic hobo (kulkuri) in many films) and Reino Helismaa (who was very skilled song & play maker, making mostly light popular music. He performed also, but was not as popular).

Years following WW-2 they made tours around Finland together, but at some point separated with hard feelings, and stayed separate untill near death of Helismaa. Film is basing mostly on this two friends false pride, which prevented them to ask forgiveness for each others mistakes, thus shadowing some 20 years of their lives.

Film also displays some other popular Finnish performers from '50 - '70, and is quite good insight to their mostly sad stories. (As far as I know any facts.)

I liked film much, mostly because it gave kind of unique insight of recent past of Finland, in totally different viewpoint than I have seen before this. Film ads well to 1998-1999 published Finnish films, which have been well made (especially comparing to funding) and where actors have really done good job.

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