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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 »


Jarmo Lampela


Jarmo Lampela
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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


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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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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FIM 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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touching kaleidoscope of eternal human events and emotions
18 November 2002 | by jozsefbiroSee all my reviews

The Finnish version of Robert Altman's "Short Cuts", set in the small rural town of Äänekoski. The episodes present a kaleidoscope of the eternal events, problems and emotions of human life: joy and love, deception and disillusionment, hopelessness and death. I was particularly impressed by two episodes. The first is the story of the young waitress, who tries to stir up a romance for his co-workers: she radiates an overwhelming joy of love and life. The other episode presents and old man dying in a hospital and his wife trying to help him die with dignity. Particularly striking is the way the old couple have to fight their way against the humiliating practices of the hospital and their loneliness contrasted with the "routines" of the hospital crew (despite the signs of occasional empathy). Compared with Altman's classic, this movie is perhaps less professional, but it is definitely a great piece of art.

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