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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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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:

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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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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 »

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Säkkijärven polkka
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Performed by Viljo Vesterinen and Dallapé-orkesteri
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Life after war
28 December 2006 | by Petri PelkonenSee all my reviews

Mertsi Arhippa Vepsäläinen (Peter Franzen) gets shot in the head during the war and never is the same again.He looks for a job after the war and with the help of his buddy Eetvi Manninen (Taisto Reimaluoto) he finds one at a lumber camp.It's cold in the winter at the forest.But the work for Mertsi is too challenging.He has nightmares of the war and dreams of cutting the overlong dew claws of a dog named Sakke.Ville Kuosmanen (Ahti Kuoppala) owns such a Spitz dog.Markku Pölönen directed this movie based on Veikko Huovinen's novel.I haven't read the book yet.The author Veikko Huovinen himself liked this movie.Peter Franzen does convincing job in the lead.He can be comical and tragical, often at the same time.Taisto Reimaluoto is very good as Eetvi, who wants nothing but the best for his friend.Ahti Kuoppala has always done good job, like in the movie Simpauttaja about thirty years earlier.Another legendary actor, Leo Lastumäki, who has his birthday today (79 years old), is brilliant as Kämppäukko.Ville Virtanen portrays Foreman Luti.Risto Salmi is Horseman Turpeinen.Simo Tamminen is Doctor.Vieno Saaristo plays the part of Taimi Kuosmanen.Hannu Virolainen is Station-Master.Korpisaran Tuuli plays Sakke the dog.Koirankynnen leikkaaja (2004) represents one of the better modern Finnish movies.It has a touching story, characters you care about and great actors to portray those characters.


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