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Tears of April (2008)

Käsky (original title)
There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed.

Director:

Aku Louhimies

Writers:

Leena Lander (novel), Jari Olavi Rantala (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Vauramo ... Aaro Harjula (as Samuli Vauramo)
Pihla Viitala ... Miina Malin
Eero Aho ... Emil Hallenberg
Eemeli Louhimies ... Eino
Miina Maasola Miina Maasola ... Martta
Riina Maidre Riina Maidre ... Beata Hallenberg
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Konsta
Oskar Pöysti Oskar Pöysti ... Paasonen
Mikko Kouki ... Vääpeli
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ... Jääkäriluutnantti
Robert Hedengren Robert Hedengren ... Valkokaartilainen
Viktor Idman Viktor Idman ... Valkokaartilainen
Miska Kaukonen Miska Kaukonen ... Valkokaartilainen
Ilkka Heiskanen Ilkka Heiskanen ... Frans Rapola
Riitta Salminen Riitta Salminen ... Saara Rapola
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Storyline

There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed.

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Finland | Germany | Greece

Language:

Finnish | German | Russian

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Käsky. See more »

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Budget:

€1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Emil Hallenberg: Aaro, would you dance with me... like soldier dances with another soldier.
[They start dancing]
Emil Hallenberg: Would you sleep with me tonight, but not like soldier sleeps with another soldier.
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Soundtracks

Gnossienne No. 1
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Kirka Sainio
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The Evil Whites vs Innocent Reds again
14 March 2010 | by Shaolin_ApuSee all my reviews

Well most of this movie is soft porn. In fact the name of the film should be Levottomat 7 or something similar, this is the same stuff again but now in some historically motivated context. Unfortunately the actors in main roles had read their history lessons much better than the script writer or anyone in the production team.

The movie represents a white side soldier who, despite being clearly a Nazi, suddenly starts to feel pity when the evil whites shoot at unarmed and barely dressed ladies. He decides to save the one good looking one. It is a factual mistake that the man is given a rank of Private, despite being a Jaeger trained in Germany. Absolutely none of the Jaegers in the Civil War served as mere Privates, even the ones with bad physical condition were promoted to at least to the rank of Corporal.

Another thing that I quite wondered was the Judge's Russian wife, who wasn't familiar with German language at all even if she could play Beethoven numbers by request. The academical Russians of the early 20th century knew German rather well. The same wife character could be a bark at the modern custom of having a Russian wife, whom the writer presents as a rather lustful Lady.

Nothing new really in this one, except that it's the least story conveying good vs bad juxtaposition for a while.


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