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Punainen viiva (1959)

In 1906, a poor farmer in the backwoods of Finland -- then part of Russia -- struggles to make a living for his wife and four children. He hears about a new law that will allow equal voting... See full summary »


Matti Kassila


Matti Kassila, Ilmari Kianto (novel)
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Holger Salin Holger Salin ... Topi Romppanen
Liisa Nevalainen Liisa Nevalainen ... Riika Romppanen
Petri Tanner Petri Tanner ... Sake
Jukka Eklund Jukka Eklund ... Vesteri
Marianne Eronen Marianne Eronen ... Petti
Terhi Virtanen Terhi Virtanen ... Iita Linta Maria
Tiina Jokela Tiina Jokela ... Pirjeri
Jussi Jurkka ... Agitator Puntarpää
Rakel Laakso Rakel Laakso ... Kunilla
Tarmo Manni ... Simana Arhippaini
Pentti Irjala Pentti Irjala ... Shoemaker Raappana
Tyyne Haarla Tyyne Haarla ... Cupper Kaisa
Toivo Mäkelä ... Jussi Kettuvaara
Matti Oravisto ... Priest
Leo Jokela ... Guy #2


In 1906, a poor farmer in the backwoods of Finland -- then part of Russia -- struggles to make a living for his wife and four children. He hears about a new law that will allow equal voting rights to all citizens, rich and poor, men and women. He attends a Socialist meeting and starts believing that everything will turn better after the upcoming election. Instead, things only get worse for him and his wife after the election day. They start blaming themselves, believing that their tragedies are God's way of punishing them for voting the Socialists. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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According to director Matti Kassila, the idea to film Punainen viiva (1959) came from Roland af Hällström, who already had filmed another novel (Ryysyrannan Jooseppi (1955)) by Ilmari Kianto. Punainen viiva (1959) would have been also af Hällströms project, but sadly he died during filming Lain mukaan (1956). So producer Mauno Mäkelä offered the project to Matti Kassila, who took the directorial responsibility although he didn't find the subject of the movie very close to him. See more »


Camera's shadow is reflected on Topias when he's walking the main street with Riikka on their way to vote. See more »


Featured in Suomen historian myytit: Ensimmäiset vaalit 1907 (2010) See more »

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12 April 2012 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

It's 1906, the year of Finland's first parliamentary election.Also women get to vote, and the poor people are starting to see they have rights.Punainen Viiva (1959) is directed by Matti Kassila.Today I saw this 88-year old director reminiscing his wonderful career on the morning show (Aamu-Tv).Roland af Hällström was supposed to be the original director of this movie, but he had a heart attack and died.The movie is based on the great Ilmari Kianto's book from 1909, which I read a couple of years ago.I really liked the leading actors of this movie.Holger Salin (Jussi winner) and Liisa Nevalainen are just perfect as Topi and Riina Romppanen.Jussi Jurkka, who won one of the movie's five Jussi awards, is terrific as Agitator Puntarpää.Rakel Laakso is great as Kunilla.Tarmo Manni is excellent as Simana Arhippaini.Pentti Irjala is superb as Shoemaker Raappana.Toivo Mäkelä is very good as Jussi Kettuvaara.Great work by Matti Oravisto, who portrays Priest.Martti Kainulainen and Leo Jokela are fantastic as Guy #1 and #2.Tapio Hämäläinen, Kaarlo Juurela and Pertti Palo are seen as men on the hill.Veikko Linna is seen as Man and Elsa Turakainen is seen as Lady.This is some really skilled movie making by Mr. Kassila.I enjoyed watching the dream sequence.And all the drama in the end really touched me.

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Release Date:

4 September 1959 (Finland) See more »

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Det röda strecket See more »

Filming Locations:

Suomussalmi, Finland See more »

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Fennada-Filmi See more »
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1.37 : 1
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