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The White Dwarf (1986)

Valkoinen kääpiö (original title)
The story of one man's struggle after he gets caught in a nuclear fallout and gets sick with leukemia.


Timo Humaloja


Bo Carpelan (novel), Timo Humaloja
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Heiskanen Kari Heiskanen ... Martin Johannes Borg
Lilga Kovanko Lilga Kovanko ... Helena Borg
Jaana Raski Jaana Raski ... Woman in White
Esko Salminen ... Bert Borg
Jaakko Pakkasvirta Jaakko Pakkasvirta ... Tomas Borg
Riitta Selin Riitta Selin ... Vera Borg
Kim Gunell Kim Gunell ... Henrik Borg
Matti Tuominen Matti Tuominen ... Miner
Uula Laakso Uula Laakso ... Montonen
Timo Kaipala Timo Kaipala ... Miner
Kalevi Vänskä Kalevi Vänskä ... Miner
Seppo Kovero Seppo Kovero ... Miner
Aarre Hummelholm Aarre Hummelholm ... Miner
Raimo Harkonmaa Raimo Harkonmaa ... Miner
Paavo Karttunen Paavo Karttunen ... Miner


The story of one man's struggle after he gets caught in a nuclear fallout and gets sick with leukemia.

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Great art film!
25 January 2008 | by henriwrSee all my reviews

Timo Humalojas first feature film The White Dwarf is absolutely one of the best so called "art films" that has ever been made in Finland. The Tarkovskian influence is clear, but it doesn't decrease the personal touch that Humaloja has with his film.

The White Dwarf is about the world of tomorrow. A nuclear catastrophe takes place somewhere in the North. Martin Borg is a mining-engineer who gets caught deep in the depths of a mine. The plot of the film is divided in two parts. The first part of the film is about Borg struggle up to the daylight from the deepness of the mine. The second part of the film is about his struggle against the leukemia that the catasptrophe has caused to him.

Pertti Mutanen's camera-work is brilliant, especially in the first part of the film. And Kari Heiskanen in the leading role does fine job as well.

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Release Date:

14 February 1986 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Den Vita dvärgen See more »

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Panfilmi See more »
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Dolby Stereo


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