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The Year of the Hare (1977)

Jäniksen vuosi (original title)
Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his ... See full summary »

Director:

Risto Jarva
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antti Litja ... Kaarlo Vatanen
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Desk Sergeant
Markku Huhtamo Markku Huhtamo ... Taxi Driver
Paavo Hukkinen Paavo Hukkinen ... Taxi Driver in Heinola
Juha Kandolin Juha Kandolin ... Photographer Miettinen
Kosti Klemelä Kosti Klemelä ... U. Kärkkäinen
Anna-Maija Kokkinen Anna-Maija Kokkinen ... Lawer Leila Heikkinen
Martti Kuningas Martti Kuningas ... Hannikainen, former rural police chief
Ahti Kuoppala Ahti Kuoppala ... Kaartinen
Hannele Lanu Hannele Lanu ... Kiosk Vendor
Hannu Lauri Hannu Lauri ... Advertising Manager Huhtinen
Heikki Nousiainen Heikki Nousiainen ... Tourist guide Toropainen, "Mr. Toro"
Esa Pakarinen Jr. Esa Pakarinen Jr. ... Police Officer #2
Martti Pennanen Martti Pennanen ... Hunter #1
Tuija Piepponen Tuija Piepponen ... Irja (scenes deleted)
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Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his travel companion. Together they find reclusion in the Finnish Lapland, soon to be disturbed by a noisy group of foreign tourists and their pretentious Finnish hosts. When the hare gets ill and needs to see a vet, Vatanen must return to the city and finally face the choice between his new and former life. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Risto Jarva's only film that is based on a book. See more »

Quotes

Kaarlo Vatanen: I am ex-deodorant agent, actually ex-advertising agent, and I have had enough of the great, great fucking world of yours.
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Connections

Referenced in Memories of Risto (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Kauppaopiston naiset
Composed and Lyrics by Kari Peitsamo
Performed by Kari Peitsamo and Ankkuli
© Warner/Chappell Music Finland Oy
Love Records
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User Reviews

Accessible magic
15 October 2004 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

This film is more accessible to a foreign public than many other Finnish films, partly due to the limited dialogue. The point being that feelings often cannot be put aptly into words (at least not in Finland), but they can be communicated by visual impressions.

The plot is like that of a road movie, except that the buddies here are a man and a hare (hence the limited dialogue). The background is mostly formed by the Finnish pine forests.

Central to the film is the tension between the modern life style and the traditional Finnish closeness to nature and its magic. This magic and some twists of idiosyncratic, under cooled Finnish humour make the watching of this flick quite enjoyable.


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

23 December 1977 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Harens år See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM1,830,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Fujicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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