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 ...
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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
In the accompanying letter of the first draft of the film that was sent to the Finnish Film Foundation production company Filminor published a manifesto that said: "The meaning of the film is to show how precious nature is and how preserved it should be. The film is also meant to show how beneficial is nature's influence on the hectic and distress urban human mind that is been pushed forward by the competition-mentality and the selling of oneself. The Year of the Hare is a story about a flight to the country site, a flight to nature, to a lifestyle that is more simpler and more agrarian. It is an idealistic tale in the spirit of Henri Rousseau and Frank Capra. The Year of the Hare is a story about aligning the one who is weaker, a story about how goodness makes one's life pleasant - even today." See more »
The idea of human freedom has been discussed in great detail by Finnish director Risto Jarva in 'The Year of the hare'
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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