This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »
saw this at the Zlín film festival, Czech Republic, and out of the six films I managed to see in two days, this was the strongest one. A prince/Cinderella story set in Finland's small town, the director managed to give the audience a picture of how people perceive the Helsinki "upper class". With humour and story-telling so familiar from the Kaurismaki movies, the film begins with little expectations but surprises at the end when everything wraps up just the perfect way. Emotions are also "second-hand", given to you only after you get to know the characters. Everything wraps up perfectly - Kaurismaki-style. A great film for the young audience.
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