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Return to Plainlands (2000)
"Lakeuden kutsu" (original title)

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Erkki Hakala returns home from America.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Väänänen ...
Mari Rantasila ...
Martti Suosalo ...
Taisto Matsomppi
Esko Nikkari ...
Tapio Hämäläinen ...
Vesa Vierikko ...
Partanen vanhempi
Partanen nuorempi
Esa Latva-Äijö ...
Tarja Keinänen ...
Laina Hakala
Heikki Paavilainen ...
Sari Mällinen ...
Taina Hakala
Vappu Jurkka ...
Eeva-Maija Haukinen ...
Hilkka Hopeavuori
Siiri Kankaanpää ...
Elina Hakala
Joona Lehto ...
Johannes Hakala


Erkki Hakala returns home from America.

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Release Date:

14 January 2000 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rückkehr in die Provinz  »

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FIM 6,860,192 (estimated)

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Written by John Phillips
Finnish lyrics by Joose Tammelin
Performed by Rehupiikles
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Return to Plainlands
30 March 2004 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

This film did reasonably well in the box-office in Finland. Four years later it's still a good film and solid family entertainment. It's the final part of a family saga titled Pohjanmaa (Ostrobothnia) by Antti Tuuri. There are six books in total, but only three have been filmed (Talvisota, Pohjanmaa and now Lakeuden Kutsu)

Kari Väänänen plays Erkki Hakala, a man returning back home to Ostrobothnia after spending years in Florida. The reasons for his departure ten years earlier were tax related and he has now come back to take what is rightfully his; the place in society and his wife, Kaisu. However, things are not as straight forward. Kaisu has a son whose father is someone from Lapua and not everything can be bought with money. During one day Erkki and his business partner buy a metal workshop, drive (sometimes fast sometimes slow) around Ostrobothnia, Erkki meets his relatives and tries to talk things over with his wife.

Esko Nikkari is great as Erkki Hakala's older brother Paavo and Kari Väänänen is fantastic (when wouldn't he be?) as Erkki Hakala.

Watch it.

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