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Skin, Skin (1966)

Käpy selän alla (original title)
Depiction of four urban youths and their excursion to the countryside.


Mikko Niskanen
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Credited cast:
Eero Melasniemi Eero Melasniemi ... Santtu, student
Kristiina Halkola ... Riitta, student of Economic Sciences
Pekka Autiovuori Pekka Autiovuori ... Timo, "Timppa", medic
Kirsti Wallasvaara Kirsti Wallasvaara ... Leena, student of Psychology
Jukka Sipilä Jukka Sipilä ... Janne Lauhanen
Anneli Sauli ... Guest star
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Alfthan Robert Alfthan ... Man in the dance hall
Kari Franck Kari Franck ... Boy in the dance hall
Eija Kiuru Eija Kiuru ... Little girl
Riitta Kiuru Riitta Kiuru ... Little girl stabbed by snake
Alma Manninen Alma Manninen ... Alma
Kasperi Manninen Kasperi Manninen ... Kasperi Lauhanen
Pentti Manninen Pentti Manninen ... Liquor dealer in dance hall
Mikko Niskanen Mikko Niskanen ... Man in the dance hall


Depiction of four urban youths and their excursion to the countryside.

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Actors Kristiina Halkola and Kirsti Wallasvaara says that director Niskanen was an old-fashioned man from the countryside, so he wasn't comfortable doing the intimate scenes in the movie. He gave a lot of freedom to the actors instead. See more »


Timo, "Timppa", medic: Hey, let's pretend we've shit in our pants.
Riitta, student of Economic Sciences: I've got diarrhoea; it's coming through...!
Leena, student of Psychology: Eeuwww!
Timo, "Timppa", medic: I've got some in my boot!
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Les Feuilles Mortes
Music by Joseph Kosma
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
Performed by Anneli Sauli
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Youth in the woods
8 May 2009 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Four city youngsters, two girls and two boys go camping in the country.They explore themselves and their sexuality in the woods.The great director Mikko Niskanen is behind Käpy selän alla (1966).The four main actors were pretty much of new comers in the movie world, but boy are they good! And they had to improvise much of the movie.Eero Melasniemi is in his debut playing Santtu.His wife Kristiina Halkola plays Riitta, student of Economic Sciences.Pekka Autiovuori plays the most comical character, Timo "Timppa", medic.Kirsti Wallasvaara is in her debut movie playing Leena, student of Psychology.Jukka Sipilä, who sadly passed away nearly five years ago, plays Janne Lauhanen.The legendary actress Anneli Sauli is Guest Star, playing herself and she also gets to sing on stage.Kari Franck is seen as Boy in the dance hall.You also have some terrific amateur actors in the movie, like Alma and Kasperi Manninen plus their son Pentti.Director Niskanen appears there as Man in the dance hall.There are some interesting musicians playing and singing in the Creatures band, who became pretty big later.There's Remu Aaltonen there, who became known from the band Hurriganes.Then there's the 16-year old Kirka, who we sadly lost two years ago at the age of 56.Behind the great music were Kaj Chydenius and Otto Donner.Also I must mention the wonderful editing by Juho Gartz.The movie won six Jussi awards.It's lovely to watch these summer images, like the beautiful Kirsti lying on the rocks.It's a nice moment when Timppa sings "Kallavesj".And the reminiscing part on how Santtu and Timppa met, is great and funny.One legendary moment is when they come from the dance hall and Riitta goes dancing topless in the lake.After this movie they showed all the four main actors interviewed by Jarmo Heikkinen.They're all pretty much older now, and they all have fond memories of the movie.

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21 October 1966 (Finland) See more »

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Under Your Skin See more »

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1.33 : 1
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