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The River (2001)

Joki (original title)
Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck ... See full summary »

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Jarmo Lampela

Writer:

Jarmo Lampela
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanna Hietala Sanna Hietala ... Anni
Antti Ikkala Antti Ikkala ... Kimmo
Jyri Ojansivu Jyri Ojansivu ... Janne
Antti Mikkola Antti Mikkola ... Santeri
Heidi Liimatainen Heidi Liimatainen ... Johanna
Pekka Hannonen Pekka Hannonen ... Mikko
Paula Forsgren Paula Forsgren ... Santeri's mother
Jari Virman ... Eero
Katja Kinnari Katja Kinnari ... Kaisa
Juha Kukkonen Juha Kukkonen ... Esa
Heikki Pirhonen Heikki Pirhonen ... Pete
Markus Ranta Markus Ranta ... Mikko
Kaisa Niemelä Kaisa Niemelä ... Krisse
Kirsi Laamanen Kirsi Laamanen ... Jenni
Juha Varis Juha Varis ... Hannu
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Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck musician in need of a loan, arrives to his father's 60th birthday party. Waitress Leena tries to stir up a romance between her co-workers at a pizza parlor. Middle-aged Ilpo comes home early from the paper mill and finds a strange man in their bedroom. Old Milja waits for her daughter Merja at the hospital where she is visiting her terminally ill husband Henri. Teenage Santeri tries to cope with his homosexuality. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A folyó See more »

Filming Locations:

Saarijärvi, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Slow start to a more exciting finish
18 October 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

Half a dozen short stories of varying interest enlighten us about life in Finland. These stories are interwoven and each contains a scene in which a sonic boom is heard. This indicates that the events depicted happen at the same time.

The film begins with a bungy jump which promises some excitement but the early stories are quite low key. The film improves so stick with it. Two broken marriages in stories that follow provide plenty of drama while a scene in a hospital gives us a terminally ill patient begging for pain relief. The last moments with his wife are both convincing and moving.

While the various scenes of family life take place in Finland, the themes are of a general nature wherever you happen to live.

Collections of short stories are rarely as satisfying as a good tense 90-minute drama.


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