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-...
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In a small Finnish Lapland community, Milka, an innocent 14-year-old girl lives with her mother, misses her dead father and prays God to show her what love is. For haymaking, they employ a ... See full summary »
Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story ... See full summary »
When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »
This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »
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
Initially there wasn't enough money in the budget for the location shoot in Finnish Lapland, so director Mollberg used his own money to form a production company RM-tuotanto Ky. This brought new pressure on the director and tension to the set. See more »
What a movie. The first thing that came to my mind when the end credits started rolling over a gorgeous waterscape was how beautifully the film justifies it's title and lives up to it, capturing all of the Finnish rural life in all its majestic scope and gory details. The movie unfolds in a poetic manner, weaving a really melancholic and sinful song in its course, and laying bare the intricacies of Lapp (indigenous people of Lapland) lives and the most carnal of human behaviors. The village life is portrayed with utter honesty and is so brutally natural in its narrative that it will surely grip you and exert an air of morbidity mixed with beauty. Disbelieving, you will watch their lives and realize that deep inside, you too are like them, ruled by instincts, and whilst they acted as they felt, we, the modern men, devise new ways to achieve the same through deception and slime. Even if each character has morals that won't match up to our (fake) standards, you, as a viewer cannot help but admire the toughness and gut in their lives. Conservatism versus Desires leads to a fate that is bleak but yet optimist and stoic and cyclical in its anti-climax. The story revolves around Martta, a promiscuous girl in love with a womanizing herdsman, and how their love ripples through a family. The Padre, an intentional insertion by the director, does not fail to burn the imagination as he delivers fear unto the villagers with his poisonous and twisted sermons, and drives them into an orgy to purge sins. The movie always tries to explore contradictions and honestly speaking, what is life without contradictions? In giving no answers and taking no sides, Mollberg is able to capture life in its magnificence, and create a reflective and awesome movie experience. Totally recommended. Truly an allegorical film and a microcosmic representation of humanity under the sheen.
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