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 ...
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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
"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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