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
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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