The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother, Sirkka, leaves the girls in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and...
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Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story ... See full summary »
"The Redemption". In a small village in Eastern Finland in 1918, Patrick, who has taken care of the chaplain, teacher and physician, has been filled with loneliness and brutal spirit of work for five years.
Viltteri, a balding guy in his thirties living in rural northern Finland, is hopelessly clueless about his new role as a married man and the father of a newborn son. A perfect escape from ... See full summary »
Sweden 1951. A new society is developing, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak. Gertrud is a 17 year old girl from a very poor family. Against her will, she ... See full synopsis »
The twin sisters Helena and Irene are born in Helsinki during World War II. A few months later their mother, Sirkka, leaves the girls in the care of their grandmother, an old communist, and runs away with a German soldier. Their life under the protection of their grandmother and the teachings of communism ends first with the death of Stalin, then with that of their grandmother. The girls are eight years old when they are put in an orphanage. Their mother shows up at the orphanage in the company of Ramon, a Spanish trapeze artist. They are on a talent search for a German circus. Ramon trains the reluctant Irene during circus tours in Central Europe. She becomes the trapeze star of the circus. The hard work soon exhausts Irene and she falls from height, as if on purpose. Helena has secretly learned the art of fire-eating. Now she is burdened with both her mother and her sister. The violent life, however, separates the three from each other. In the present-day Helsinki the middle-aged ...Written by
The director, Pirjo Honkasalo, is 'also known as Pirjo Irene' (IMDB info) - the latter of which is the same name given to one of the twin sisters (Irene); that played by actress Elsa Saisio - who thus shares the same (real) surname as the screenwriter, Pirkko Siasio, and of whom, is the director's partner. See more »
This is definitely one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. It feels like everything is just right in this film, acting, photography and directing are all great. While watching it I felt that I could just sit in the movie theathre and watch it for days, the pictures followed one another so naturally... hard to explain! It`s probably easy to notice that I really love this film and can recommend it to everyone. But still, I am not sure if I want to see "Tulennielijä" again because watching it was such a marvellous experience that I`m a bit afraid that it would be spoiled-especially if I had to watch it from a tiny TV-screen.
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