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The Cuckoo (2002)

Kukushka (original title)
The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anni-Kristiina Juuso ... Anni
Ville Haapasalo ... Veikko (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Viktor Bychkov ... Ivan or Psoltõ
Mikhail Korobochkin Mikhail Korobochkin
Aleksey Kashnikov Aleksey Kashnikov
Denis Aksyonov Denis Aksyonov
Aleksei Panzheyev Aleksei Panzheyev
Aleksandr Kuykka Aleksandr Kuykka
Vladimir Matveev Vladimir Matveev
Aleksandr Zubkin Aleksandr Zubkin
Vladimir Knysh Vladimir Knysh
Sergei Antonov Sergei Antonov
Valeri Yakovlev Valeri Yakovlev
Sergei Berzin Sergei Berzin
Aleksandr Melnikov Aleksandr Melnikov
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Storyline

September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives a shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, but just men. Written by Sony Classics Site

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russia | chained | captain | soldier | lapp | See All (35) »

Taglines:

She's Making Peace One Man at a Time.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

'Cuckoo' (as the bird) was military slang for a solitary sniper, the role Veikko is forced to masquerade as. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the Russian jeep with Ivan as a prisoner on it is seen moving on a straight road and at low speed. However, the driver of the jeep makes abrupt steering movements which is incoherent with the path of the jeep shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cuckoo's Nest (2003) See more »

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Language not an issue, great production, funny, touching.
13 September 2004 | by todd-johnson2See all my reviews

All though the story took a little while to unfold, it was interesting to see how the two soldiers were brought together. I still don't understand why the Russian was sentenced to death,... for his poetry? Apparently Veikko quitting the war is the reason for his sentencing to death. These weren't clear until well into the story, though this being the only thing did not detract anything from the story.

The funniest thing about Kukushka is that the three main characters had no idea what the other was saying. Not one spoken thing was understood between them. However, love and kindness for each other overcame all the political differences they shared.

I really enjoyed this film. Being American and only knowing a few words of Finnish only, the English subtitles were a necessity. It was funny how all three could not communicate with each other yet still worked and lived together . Ivan trying to kill Veikko half the time, out of military duty and for jealousy over Anni, while Veikko trying to explain he was finished fighting in the war was a bit sad. Just like the cover says, three totally different people, not able to talk to each other work together and eventually become friends inspite of themselves.

My vote: "Two thumbs up"-as Siskel and Ebert used to say.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Saami | Finnish | Russian | German

Release Date:

12 September 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Gjøken See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,473, 13 July 2003

Gross USA:

$243,936

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$480,578
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Company Credits

Production Co:

CTB Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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