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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"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.
Two linen fabric dealers with their shops close to one another, battle against each other for more and more costumers. Umberto constantly loses clients because of the tough competition ... See full summary »
Ryota is a successful workaholic businessman. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own.
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 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 »
"Life consists of the gifted and those who serve"(the 25th Seattle International Film Festival official program). The film nostalgically shows a middle-aged lady (Helena)'s memory of her relationship with her twin sister, Irene, who was a star in a circus. Their extraordinary love led them to a fatal separation, when Helena found out that Irene stole her only skill 'fire-eating'. It's a memory of remorse. The stunning images and repeated symbological scenes made an emotionally powerful film.
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