A contractor wants to become a writer but his unhappy marriage and financial problems are suppressing him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kai Lehtinen ...
Susanna Mikkonen ...
Leena (as Susanna Anteroinen)
Nina Jääskeläinen ...
Laina Päätalo
Antti Virmavirta ...
Ilmari Vouvila
Pirjo Leppänen ...
Eero Schroderus ...
Sonni Moilanen
Ahti Jokinen ...
Kummun Kalle
Mira Kivilä ...
Salli Lisäkäs
Janne Virtanen ...
Ville Repo
Maija Paunio ...
Sinikka Arjala
Elina Siikaluoma ...
Raija Koivula
Tiina Jakkila-Parkkinen ...
Saima Koivula
Janne Väätäjä ...
Hannu Kahakorpi ...
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A contractor wants to become a writer but his unhappy marriage and financial problems are suppressing him.

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Drama | Romance





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26 September 2008 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

The Novelist  »

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€1,200,000 (estimated)

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The self-titled Päätalo follows the life of Finnish author, Kalle Päätalo, who in his 30s, finds a brutal upbringing, unsatisfying marriage, and poor self image are hold him back from realizing his potential until he falls in love. This period in his life, help to solidify the artistic and literary foundation for his later life. Päätalo, moving from his hardscrabble rural existence to the big city of Tampere, blossoms and finds his way through a series of moving personal epiphanies. Kalle Päätalo achieved wide recognition for long autobiographical IIJOKI series. The popularity of his writing helped gain acceptance of literature as art rather than a method for instruction or espousing beliefs.

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