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The River (2001)
"Joki" (original title)

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Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanna Hietala ...
Anni
Antti Ikkala ...
Kimmo
Jyri Ojansivu ...
Janne
Antti Mikkola ...
Santeri
Heidi Liimatainen ...
Johanna
Pekka Hannonen ...
Mikko
Paula Forsgren ...
Santeri's mother
Jari Virman ...
Eero
Katja Kinnari ...
Kaisa
Juha Kukkonen ...
Esa
Heikki Pirhonen ...
Pete
Markus Ranta ...
Mikko
Kaisa Niemelä ...
Krisse
Kirsi Laamanen ...
Jenni
Juha Varis ...
Hannu
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Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck musician in need of a loan, arrives to his father's 60th birthday party. Waitress Leena tries to stir up a romance between her co-workers at a pizza parlor. Middle-aged Ilpo comes home early from the paper mill and finds a strange man in their bedroom. Old Milja waits for her daughter Merja at the hospital where she is visiting her terminally ill husband Henri. Teenage Santeri tries to cope with his homosexuality. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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People in a welfare society
5 April 2005 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie, a realistic picture of contemporary Finland, touching and profound. One of the best Finnish films ever made. Captures marvelously the everyday life in a Central Finland small town, people's desires and weaknesses, joys and sorrows. The bright early fall sunshine creates a cool atmosphere to this lucid examination of people in a welfare society. Lampela is indeed one of the most promising Finnish filmmakers. He shows that it is possible to make gripping movies without machine guns and bloodshed. His next film Eila is also worth seeing although the story of cleaning women fighting for their jobs is not quite as universally appealing as the destinies in Joki.


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