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The Earth Is a Sinful Song (1973)

Maa on syntinen laulu (original title)
An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-... See full summary »

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Rauni Mollberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maritta Viitamäki Maritta Viitamäki ... Martta Mäkelä
Pauli Jauhojärvi Pauli Jauhojärvi ... Juhani Mäkelä
Aimo Saukko Aimo Saukko ... Old man Mäkelä
Milja Hiltunen Milja Hiltunen ... Alli Mäkelä
Sirkka Saarnio Sirkka Saarnio ... Elina Pouta
Niiles-Jouni Aikio Niiles-Jouni Aikio ... Oula
Veikko Kotavuopio Veikko Kotavuopio ... Kurki-Pertti
Jouko Hiltunen Jouko Hiltunen ... Hannes
Osmo Hettula Osmo Hettula ... The preacher
Maija-Liisa Ahlgren Maija-Liisa Ahlgren ... Aino Liinukorpi
Kauko Jauhojärvi Kauko Jauhojärvi ... Antti Lanto
Irja Uusisalmi Irja Uusisalmi ... Anna Kurkela
Eelis Tiensuu Eelis Tiensuu ... Poudan isäntä
Elsa Kellinsalmi Elsa Kellinsalmi ... Poudan emäntä
Toivo Lampela Toivo Lampela ... Outakodan vanhaisäntä
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An earthy, naturalistically erotic and blood-soaked tale of young Martta's ill-fated affair with Oula, a womanizing reindeer herdsman in the Finnish Lapland of the late 1940s. When the 19-year-old girl turns up pregnant, her alcoholic father is outraged and a series of tragic events follows. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Saami

Release Date:

2 November 1973 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Earth Is a Sinful Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Finland See more »

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Production Co:

RM-Tuotanto See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Assistant director Pirjo Honkasalo worked closely with Mollberg for two years and was exhausted after the production wrapped. The film crew consisted of only seven people, so Honkasalo wore several hats during the production. After the film she took a break from the film Industry and worked as provincial artist laureate in Central Finland. See more »

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The simple life, the hard way
14 July 2007 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

Maa on syntinen laulu (The Earth is a Sinful Song) is an earthy tale about a girl living in a peasant community in northern Finland before the Second World War. The film depicts without flinching the utter destitution and squalor of the life of the rural poor before the advent of modern times reached this remote area. So much so, in fact, that modern day Finns of the mobile phone generation do not recognize themselves at all in the story and tend to reject it. They cannot imagine that this was actually how their grand parents (may have) lived.

The protagonists in this tragic tale are mostly ugly, dirty and unshaven (including the women) and of questionable morals. The interaction is rough and at times violent, especially against animals. The only escape the people have from their abject poverty is religious zeal, liquor and sex (sometimes consumed in combination). All in all it is not an easy film to digest, but as a document of life in the olden days it stands firm.


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