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Pohjanmaa (1988)

Based on a novel of the same name by the Finnish author, Antti Tuuri, this delicious late-80's comedy builds its dark humour on the stereotypical mentality of the northern part of Finland. ... See full summary »

Director:

Pekka Parikka

Writers:

Pekka Parikka, Antti Tuuri (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Erkki Hakala
Esko Salminen ... Veikko Hakala
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Paavo Hakala
Vesa Mäkelä Vesa Mäkelä ... Seppo Hakala
Kirsti Ortola ... Marjatta Hakala
Alli Häjänen Alli Häjänen ... Great Grandmother
Tarja Keinänen Tarja Keinänen ... Laina
Rea Mauranen Rea Mauranen ... Helena Hakala
Miitta Sorvali Miitta Sorvali ... Riitta Hakala
Heikki Paavilainen Heikki Paavilainen ... Markku Hakala
Konsta Mäkelä Konsta Mäkelä ... Antero
Mikko Kouki ... Raimo Hakala
Sari Mällinen Sari Mällinen ... Taina
Eeva Eloranta Eeva Eloranta ... Saara
Kalevi Kahra Kalevi Kahra ... Teacher
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Based on a novel of the same name by the Finnish author, Antti Tuuri, this delicious late-80's comedy builds its dark humour on the stereotypical mentality of the northern part of Finland. While perhaps not as entertaining to a person unfamiliar with Finnish traditions, the brilliant acting, directing, plus the warm, beautiful Finnish summer more than make up for the cultural gap. The story begins with a group of brothers with their families coming up to honour the memory of their recently deceased father. Spending time together, opening old wounds and creating new ones... it all boils down to brotherhood. No matter what happens, brothers take care of their own. Considering that the events of the movie all take place within a 24 hour period, nothing feels too rushed. The film rolls on naturally, and at least for yours truly there was not a single dull minute. The best part about this film is the cast that they managed to put together for the movie. Esko Salminen, Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa ...

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Drama | Comedy

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With audience of 179,451 this was second most watched domestic film in Finland in 1988. See more »

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Followed by The Winter War (1989) See more »

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Eteläpohjalainen kansanlaulu
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Performed by Esko Salminen, Vesa Mäkelä
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A hot summer day is about to get even hotter.
28 February 2003 | by TsingiskaSee all my reviews

Based on a novel of the same name by the Finnish author, Antti Tuuri, this delicious late-80's comedy builds its dark humour on the stereotypical mentality of the northern part of Finland. While perhaps not as entertaining to a person unfamiliar with Finnish traditions, the brilliant acting, directing, plus the warm, beautiful Finnish summer more than make up for the cultural gap.

The story begins with a group of brothers with their families coming up to honour the memory of their recently deceased father. Spending time together, opening old wounds and creating new ones... it all boils down to brotherhood. No matter what happens, brothers take care of their own. Considering that the events of the movie all take place within a 24 hour period, nothing feels too rushed. The film rolls on naturally, and at least for yours truly there was not a single dull minute.

The best part about this film is the cast that they managed to put together for the movie. Esko Salminen, Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko and Esko Nikkari are all well-known, extremely talented Finnish actors, but this movie contains among the best performances of their careers. Especially Mäkelä and Nikkari are brilliant; Mäkelä's quiet and contemplative character has depth that you can just feel...and Nikkari's portrayal of a town drunk is so convincing, you would not believe that it is merely an act.

Funny, dramatic, entertaining and definitely a movie that makes you FEEL.


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Plainlands See more »

Filming Locations:

Kauhava, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM5,652,613 (estimated)
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National Filmi Oy See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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