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Jäniksen vuosi (1977)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kaarlo Vatanen
Kauko Helovirta ... Desk Sergeant
Markku Huhtamo ... Taxi Driver
Paavo Hukkinen ... Taxi Driver in Heinola
Juha Kandolin ... Photographer Miettinen
Kosti Klemelä ... U. Kärkkäinen
Anna-Maija Kokkinen ... Lawer Leila Heikkinen
Martti Kuningas ... Hannikainen, former rural police chief
Ahti Kuoppala ... Kaartinen
Hannele Lanu ... Kiosk Vendor
Hannu Lauri ... Advertising Manager Huhtinen
Heikki Nousiainen ... Tourist guide Toropainen, "Mr. Toro"
Esa Pakarinen Jr. ... Police Officer #2
Martti Pennanen ... Hunter #1
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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23 December 1977 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Harens år  »

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FIM 1,830,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Director Risto Jarva died in a car crash when he was returning from the VIP-screening of the film. 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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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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The idea of human freedom has been discussed in great detail by Finnish director Risto Jarva in 'The Year of the hare'
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Finnish film 'Jäniksen Vuosi' is based on a critically acclaimed book 'The year of the hare' written by famous journalist Arto Paasilinna. It has already achieved the status of a 'cult film' in Finland. However, it has a lot to offer to foreign viewers as its theme of man's closeness to nature as well as animals is dear to many people in the world. The notion of human freedom is very much evident throughout all scenes helmed by Finnish director Risto Jarva in 'The year of the hare'. While watching this film, a viewer is compelled to ask whether we are really free ? How and to what extent are we free ? What kind of freedom has been bestowed to us ? According to 'The year of the rabbit', a rabbit as a man's companion is an innocent idea which must not be confused with an American magazine for men ! It is not easy for anybody to simply leave the job to spend time with an animal. For this reason, director Risto Jarva has given a logical conclusion to an advertising executive's frustrations which compel him to leave his job and a nagging wife. As a family film which can be enjoyed by everybody, 'The year of the hare' informs everybody about the importance of wilderness as it is the only place where human beings can free themselves from the harmful influences of modern civilization.


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