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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

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Soundtracks

Säkkijärven polkka
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Performed by Viljo Vesterinen and Dallapé-orkesteri
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Comments on Koirankynnen leikkaaja
1 March 2004 | by ensio-halonenSee all my reviews

This film continues the excellent serie of Pölönen's films. I have liked very much all his films that I have seen before this (Kivenpyörittäjän kylä, Kuningasjätkä and Badding). I can't say which one is the best, all them have their own way to find the direct channel to one's heart. Peter Franzen and Taisto Reimaluoto perform again so beautifully as those ordinary, honest, warm-hearted men of Finnish country side. Always trusted characters Ahti Kuoppala and Leo Lastumäki, and all the other actors complete the picture, how it was to rebuild Finland after the second World War in the shift of 1940's and 1950's. This is the most beautiful tribute to mr Veikko Huovinen for his touching novel with the same name. Thank you for the producer mr Kari Sara and the director Markku Pölönen and their teams to make all this happen.


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