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During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Topi Majaniemi ... Eero Lahti
Marjaana Maijala ... Kirsti Lahti - Eeron äiti
Maria Lundqvist ... Signe Jönsson - äiti Ruotsissa

Michael Nyqvist ... Hjalmar Jönsson - isä Ruotsissa
Esko Salminen ... Eero Lahti - nykyaika
Aino-Maija Tikkanen ... Kirsti Lahti - nykyaika
Kari-Pekka Toivonen ... Lauri - Eeron isä

Brasse Brännström ... Isoisä Ruotsissa
Penny Elvira Loftéen ... Siv - naapurintyttö
Ia Langhammer ... Anna

Leif Andrée ... Gunnar

Marie Göranzon ... Rouva Grevnäs
Åsa Persson ... Opettajatar
Gustav Wiklund ... Pappi
Patrick Henriksen ... Tuomas - kotiavustaja
Marina Motaleff ... Lotta laivassa
Timo Tuominen ... Saksalainen upseeri
Jukka Puotila ... Radioääni Carl-Erik Creutz (voice)
Aukusti Heikkilä ... Poika metsässä
Erja Ilmasti ... Naapurinrouva
Eija Mikkonen-Budsko ... Sosiaalityöntekijä
Annu Uomala ... Lotta Satamassa
Markus Lindberg ... Poika satamassa
Katri Viljamaa ... Tyttöjen äiti
Päivi Järvinen ... Ruotsalainen lotta
Mikko Erä-Esko ... Mies asemalla
Lasse Larsson ... Linja-autonkuljettaja
Roger Jönsson ... Ruotsalainen sotilas
Bass Nilsson ... Valokuvaaja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosa Salomaa ... Sotalapsi
J. Christoffer Slotte ... Postilähetti (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Klaus Härö 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Veikko Aaltonen  based on a screenplay by
Heikki Hietamies  novel
Jimmy Karlsson  screenplay
Antti Tuuri  translation: Finnish
Kirsi Vikman  screenplay

Produced by
Erkki Astala .... co-producer
Gunnar Carlsson .... co-producer
Lennart Dunér .... co-producer: OmegaFilm AB
Liselott Forsman .... co-producer
Ralf Ivarsson .... co-producer: Film i Skåne
Peter Kropenin .... co-producer: OmegaFilm AB
Ilkka Matila .... producer
Petri Siitonen .... co-producer
Original Music by
Tuomas Kantelinen 
Cinematography by
Jarkko T. Laine 
Film Editing by
Darek Hodor 
Production Design by
Cecilia Bornebusch  (as Cian Bornebusch)
Costume Design by
Anna Svärdendahl 
Makeup Department
Inger Forsberg .... makeup artist
Kaija Ilomäki .... makeup artist
Eva Von Bahr .... wig maker
Production Management
Gisela Bergquist .... production manager
Katriina Tuliainen .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mari Kinnunen .... second assistant director
Mattias Ohlsson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ayden Demirkiran .... carpenter
Ulrika Holmér .... construction manager (as Ulrika Holmer)
Cecilia Iversen .... painter (as Cissi Iversen)
Mia Koort .... set dresser
Markus Packalén .... assistant decorator
Göran Westfelt .... carpenter
Lotta Wihl .... property master
Sound Department
Anders Hörling .... sound
Carolina Jinde .... sound
Joonas Jyrälä .... production sound mixer: Finland
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Heikki Kossi .... foley artist
Janne Laine .... sound editor
Miia Nevalainen .... sound assistant: Finland
Panu Riikonen .... boom operator: Finland
Kirka Sainio .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Severi Glanville .... on-line editor
Risto Jankkila .... visual effects
Olli Leppänen .... visual effects
Antti Peltoranta .... visual effects
Ville-Matti Vasama .... visual effects
H.-P. Virkki .... stunt double (as HP Virkki)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tero Aaltonen .... clapper loader
Tero Aaltonen .... focus puller
Ingemar Andersson .... electrician
Eric Börjeson .... underwater camera operator
Marja-Leena Hukkanen .... still photographer (as Malla Hukkanen)
Set Jonasson .... assistant grip
Juha Niska .... grip
Mia Norman .... still photographer
Tazu Ovaska .... lighting technician
Raimo Paananen .... first assistant camera
Harri Sipilä .... gaffer
Olof Spaak .... video operator
Hans Velander .... lighting technician (as Hans Modig Velander)
Anton Öhrstrand .... best boy
Casting Department
Maggie Widstrand .... casting: children
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heidi Larsén .... costume assistant
Marjatta Nissinen .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Greg Fisher .... colorist
Severi Glanville .... on-line editor
Mika Kongas .... digital film recordist
Location Management
China Åhlander .... location manager
Music Department
Panu Aaltio .... assistant to composer
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt .... viola
Alexandr Dmitriev .... performer: additional music
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Svenska Elitorkestern .... music performers
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Nils Hellström .... composer: additional music
Art Hickman .... composer: additional music
Albert Lindström .... composer: additional music
Steve Mair .... musician: double bass
Thore Ehrlings Orkester .... performer: additional music
Roine Richard Ryynänen .... composer: additional music
Lina Sandell .... lyrics: additional music
Sonia Sjöbeck .... vocals
Harry Williams .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Marianne Ahrne .... film consultant: Swedish Film Institute
Jutta Heikkilä .... publicist
Lotta Hokkanen .... production assistant
Mari Kinnunen .... production coordinator
Martin CG Kjellberg .... production accountant (as Martin Kjellberg)
Anita Rytting .... production coordinator
Sanne Övermark .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Äideistä parhain" - Finland (original title)
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111 min | Canada:111 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
It gathers all the ingredients that make you want to flood your eyes off, 30 October 2005
Author: Joel K from Finland

If not the best, surely one of the best movies ever made. During the second world war a boy is being evacuated from Finland to Sweden and back to Finland. I won't tell you anything more about the plot, go and see this movie. Smart story, great acting, the whole thing is an excellent package. It is a Finnish nominee for foreign Oscar in the US and for reason. Lately there have been some great movies coming from Finland, Koirankynnen leikkaaja (Dog Nail Clipper) and Mies vailla menneisyyttä (The Man Without a Past) to mention. Äideistä parhain belongs to this category of Finnish masterpieces. This movie makes you think what is important in life. It feels like it makes world a better place. Indeed.

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