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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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Genres:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The real life calf was butchered during the scene where a man is trying to save a life of a cow during calving. This was part of the raw naturalism that director Mollberg wanted to bring to the screen. Art director Ensio Suominen later stated that "Mollberg has the aesthetic of a butcher". See more »

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Unpolished masterpieces
21 October 2007 | by JankaJaakariSee all my reviews

Simply superb movie by late Rauni Molberg based on book of same name by Timo K. Mukka. Story set on poor rural region in western Lapland some years after Continuation War. Especially dialog is on level of its own and this film uses not so well know local dialect of border region between Finland and Sweden in Lapland. This movie has caused fair share of controversies be chose it show how the things really were during time (and quite some time after that) and place it depicts. Upon its 1974 release, it was the most widely attended film in Finnish film history. I can not comprehend why master piece like this is on limited distribution by Finnish National film Board. One can only hope that now when esteemed Mr Molberg has passed on his master piece can finally receive wider distribution


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