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Asfalttilampaat (1968)

The story of a doomed young love in a small, narrow-minded town.

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Mikko Niskanen
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eero Melasniemi Eero Melasniemi ... Ville Herman Lauttala, (M.A), assistant librarian
Kirsti Wallasvaara Kirsti Wallasvaara ... Liisa Kanninen, tourist guide, daughter of the janitor
Pekka Autiovuori Pekka Autiovuori ... Jussi Pelli, son of apothecary
Mirjami Manninen Mirjami Manninen ... Rebecka, vendor at the hot-dog stand
Paavo Tuominen Paavo Tuominen ... Kanninen, janitor
Jörn Donner ... Dr. Bonell
Ville Salminen Ville Salminen ... Mr. Pelli, apothecary
Pentti Kotkaniemi Pentti Kotkaniemi ... Arttu Lauttala, Ville's brother
Kirsti Karhi Kirsti Karhi ... Eetla Lauttala, Ville's and Arttu's mother
Mauri Heikkilä Mauri Heikkilä ... Vicar
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The story of a doomed young love in a small, narrow-minded town.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

20 December 1968 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Asfaltkärlek See more »

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Production Co:

FJ-Filmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

The song "Sinua, sinua rakastan", written by Aulikki Oksanen and composed and sung by Kaj Chydenius was written for the movie and became instant classic in Finland. See more »


Soundtracks

Sinua, sinua rakastan
Composed by Kaj Chydenius
Lyrics by Aulikki Oksanen
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Asfalttilampaat / The Asphalt Lambs (1968)
23 November 2016 | by The_TJTSee all my reviews

One of the best Finnish classic films. Watching the new HD print I was pleasantly surprised how cinematic it is; clearly the famed director, Mikko Niskanen, was influenced by French New Wave, perhaps Soviet cinema as well. It's a story about young love in narrow-minded small town, a town which doesn't accept the relationship between the two lovers. Could have been a brilliant film instead of a great film - if the commercially inclined producer, Donner, had not insisted cutting the whole film anew on editing table and even filming an unnecessary scene of his own, regardless of director's wishes... making the outcome become somewhat fractured and different from Niskanen's original vision. The director apparently never watched the finished product himself. Still, a great classic with social criticism on small town mentality and a heartfelt love story with good performances and many colorful characters.

ASFALTTILAMPAAT (1968) is the last film in Niskanen's youth trilogy, all three of which starred the lovely female lead, Kirsti Wallasvaara. The other two films were about complications of free relationships in KÄPY SELÄN ALLA (1966) and social/socialist movement in LAPUALAISMORSIAN (1967), the former having more of a cult status in Finland. I would argue that "Asfalttilampaat" is at least equally impressive as a film and even more so visually, although probably not as groundbreaking on depicting youth culture of the time. Great product of its time, with a timeless story.

The film got a very much deserved Jussi Award for best cinematography and is probably best remembered for the theme song "Sinua, sinua rakastan".


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