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Frozen Land (2005)

Paha maa (original title)
When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director:

Aku Louhimies

Writers:

Paavo Westerberg (screenplay), Jari Olavi Rantala (screenplay) (as Jari Rantala) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Niko Smolander
Mikko Leppilampi ... Tuomas Mikael Saraste
Pamela Tola ... Elina Oravisto
Petteri Summanen Petteri Summanen ... Antti Arhamo
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ... Hannele Arhamo
Mikko Kouki ... Isto Virtanen
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Teuvo 'Teukka' Hurskainen
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ... Pertti Smolander
Samuli Edelmann ... 'Jartsa' Matikainen
Saara Pakkasvirta Saara Pakkasvirta ... Kauppiaan äiti
Pekka Valkeejärvi Pekka Valkeejärvi ... Kauppias
Susanna Mikkonen Susanna Mikkonen ... Rehtori
Niklas Hellakoski Niklas Hellakoski ... Konsta
Emilia Suoperä Emilia Suoperä ... Maria
Jonathan Kajander Jonathan Kajander ... Joonatan 'Jonttu' Arhamo
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When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that wreaks havoc on many lives, as everyone transfers their problems to the next victim. Written by Kake

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In the end things work out for the best for all of us.

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Official Sites:

Solar Films [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

14 January 2005 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Frozen Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland

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Budget:

€1,400,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was severe disagreement on the final cut of this film. Director Aku Louhimies did not approve the edition, which Solar Films originally planned to release. On 2 December 2004 Louhimies filed Helsinki Municipal Court a cease and desist letter where he requests that Solar Films may not distribute the version he hasn't approved on threat of 300 000 euro fine. The situation was solved some days later, when Louhimies and producer Markus Selin agreed the dispute by making one more edition of the film, which satisfied both parties. See more »

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Oi Herra jos mä matkamies maan
Music by Mikael Nyberg
Lyrics by Wilhelmi Malmivaara
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Deeply moving and a testament to the love (and hate) in all of us
8 August 2006 | by colettetSee all my reviews

This film came as a gift - a late-night offering out of the blue - so unlike other reviewers I had no preconceptions whatsoever. I found myself glued to my seat as the film slowly dictated its own rhythm, its own unfolding. I was drawn to acknowledge my own deep love and humanity as I willed for "good" to prevail - but also forced to wryly acknowledge that sometimes I was on the side of the "bad" guys. The film is quite quite beautiful - the word "elegiac" comes to mind, and this more than because the film begins and ends in an elegy. Far from being depressing or confronting, to me, the film acknowledges deep suffering - and then, by its cyclic nature - with the births and re-births as well as the deaths - the film celebrates the fact that to quote an Aussie poet, there is "sometimes gladness." Oh gods, I feel as tho I've just written a love letter to this film - but there it is. Hola!


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