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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.

Director:

Aki Kaurismäki

Writers:

Juhani Aho (novel), Aki Kaurismäki (scenario)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland | Germany | France

Language:

None | Finnish

Release Date:

May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juha See more »

Filming Locations:

Asematunneli, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 4,773,394 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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Soundtracks

Le Temps des Cerises
Music by Antoine Renard
Lyrics by Jean-Baptiste Clément
Performed by Elina Salo
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Perfect on a rainy day
29 June 1999 | by tb55See all my reviews

I'm not sure if this film has been released with English subtitles, but it does not matter. The story, the classic love triangle gone bad, is easy to follow in this silent movie. Director Aki Kaurismaki appears to have had fun with his remake of the Finnish novel. During the scenes at the farm house notice the subtle changes in the kitchen appliances, including the microwave oven. Kaurismaki is the director of the Leningrad Cowboys movies. Fans of those two movies should also recognize Sakari Kuosmanen, who plays Juha. Juha's beloved wife Marja is brilliantly played by Kati Outinen. Their visual narrative is both outstanding and insightful. I saw this movie with my wife during its first week in France. Neither of us speak Finnish nor could we read the French subtitles, but again, it didn't matter (thanks jan). With running time just slightly over an hour and fifteen minutes, it was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon in Paris.


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