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Koirankynnen leikkaaja (2004)

Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s he wanders around the Finnish countryside looking for simple work and relying on ... See full summary »

Director:

Markku Pölönen

Writers:

Veikko Huovinen (novel), Markku Pölönen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Franzén ... Mertsi Arhippa Vepsäläinen
Taisto Reimaluoto Taisto Reimaluoto ... Eetvi Manninen
Ahti Kuoppala Ahti Kuoppala ... Ville Kuosmanen
Ville Virtanen ... Foreman Luti
Risto Salmi Risto Salmi ... Horseman Turpeinen
Timo Lavikainen ... Leinonen
Leo Lastumäki Leo Lastumäki ... Old Man
Simo Tamminen Simo Tamminen ... Doctor
Vieno Saaristo Vieno Saaristo ... Taimi Kuosmanen
Hannu Virolainen Hannu Virolainen ... Station-Master
Riitta Piironen Riitta Piironen ... Teacher
Seppo Timonen Seppo Timonen ... Humu
Aimo Räsänen Aimo Räsänen ... Driver
Sami Haapala Sami Haapala ... Log Driver
Reino Janhunen Reino Janhunen ... Worker
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Storyline

Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s he wanders around the Finnish countryside looking for simple work and relying on other people's help. A workmate, Ville, tells him about his clever Spitz dog back home and the problems with her overlong dew claws. Together with his helpful war buddy Eetvi, Mertsi joins a lumber camp in the middle of a freezing winter, tries hard but finds the work there too strenuous for his body and mind. While he still sees nightmares about the war, in the daytime he keeps dreaming and worrying about the dog... Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

13 February 2004 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bohater See more »

Filming Locations:

Eno, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fennada-Filmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Matka suomalaiseen elokuvaan: Muistoja sodasta (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Säkkijärven polkka
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Performed by Viljo Vesterinen and Dallapé-orkesteri
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A moving story and wonderful photography
13 March 2005 | by alan-467See all my reviews

This film was showing at a local film festival. I knew nothing about it beforehand apart from that it was in Finnish, but went to see it because I have really enjoyed my three trips to the country. Without giving away too much of the plot, the basic theme was how bravery and serious injury can so easily be ignored once a war is over and how an ex-soldier who cannot manage any remotely-complicated task manages to get by and still live a fulfilling life, despite having been deserted by almost all his previous friends and girlfriend/fiancée (and, presumably, any family still living). I found it thought-provoking and very moving, with excellent photography of the Finnish forests in winter. The sound quality was very good too - even though I can only understand a few words of Finnish, I was impressed by the clarity of the actors' speech. I will certainly buy the DVD when it becomes available.


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