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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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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 Jussi Gaala 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Säkkijärven polkka
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Performed by Viljo Vesterinen and Dallapé-orkesteri
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A great story about the hidden humanity
14 August 2005 | by pr232See all my reviews

"Koirankynnen leikkaaja" is a great movie, one of the best ever made in Finland. The great basic story is followed by a gigantic roles by Peter Franzen, who is playing the handicapped Mertsi Vepsäläinen, and also Taisto Reimaluoto as his former war companion. Shortly saying the whole movie is full of warmth, some kind of an hidden humanity which, unfortunately, some people might have already forgotten these days. It's a story about what is important in life and what values do we need to REALLY be happy and proud of ourselves (nothing to do with ecomonical values, is the main point of Markku Pölönen and Veikko Huovinen). It's a story about friendship and about this "friend won't be left" -attitude, which - unfortunately - might have been forgotten on this globalization-time world. This is definitely an excellent movie. It also gives to its watcher a very different view to war in general. After all, who is the biggest hero: a man, who has killed 20 russkies in Winter War or a man, who takes his responsibility about his companions and treat them as a human? Watch "Koirankynnen leikkaaja" - the answer is clear, according to Markku Pölönen and Veikko Huovinen. A great movie, really.


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