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Juha (1999)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | May 2003 (USA)
A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel.


Aki Kaurismäki


Juhani Aho (novel), Aki Kaurismäki (scenario)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Juha
Kati Outinen ... Marja
André Wilms ... Shemeikka
Markku Peltola ... Autonkuljettaja
Elina Salo ... Shemeikan sisar
Ona Kamu Ona Kamu ... Shemeikan nainen
Outi Mäenpää ... Shemeikan nainen
Tuire Tuomisto Tuire Tuomisto ... Shemeikan nainen
Tatjana Solovjova Tatjana Solovjova ... Tanssija (as Tatiana Soloviova)
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Nimismies
Jaakko Talaskivi Jaakko Talaskivi ... Henkivartija
Safka Pekkonen Safka Pekkonen ... Tango-orkesterin jäsen
Sami Kuoppamäki Sami Kuoppamäki ... Tango-orkesterin jäsen
Juuso Norlund Juuso Norlund ... Tango-orkesterin jäsen
Anssi Tikanmäki Anssi Tikanmäki ... Tango-orkesterin jäsen


A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The movie makes references to Nazarin (1959) with an upside-down poster of the film that can be seen on a wall, and also to Samuel Fuller - behind the village police commissioner that Juha goes to see, a sentence is written on the blackboard which says: "Arrest this man! - Sam Fuller". See more »

Alternate Versions

There's a special version without soundtrack to be used when music is provided by live orchestra. See more »


Version of Juha (1937) See more »


Le Temps des Cerises
Music by Antoine Renard
Lyrics by Jean-Baptiste Clément
Performed by Elina Salo
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User Reviews

A pleasant trifle
28 September 1999 | by allyjackSee all my reviews

A pleasant little trifle - a modern-day Finnish silent film, with few intertitles (but a somewhat tacky music score) about a decent cabbage farmer whose wife is lured away by a seedy underworld type. The film sketches their initial contented lifestyle with deliberate naivete ("Happy as children," says the caption), all the better to set up the ultimate tragedy. Cleanly and simply shot, the film is obviously no great shakes, but it places itself with total conviction within the silent film aesthetic - tipping us off to the villain's nastiness, for example, through an unselfconscious shot of him stepping gleefully on a butterfly; and also finding room for a classic-type shot of a dog running after the bus carrying away his master. The design of just-so-slightly exaggerated faces and postures is sustained quite well, setting up an ending that seems authentically modern and tragic for all its bogeyman-type trappings.

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Release Date:

May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Asematunneli, Helsinki, Finland See more »


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FIM4,773,394 (estimated)

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