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The heart of the film is the Koppelo family. Worn out after a number of travels, but united and strong, this family is proud of their history. They have their share of misfortunes but never... See full synopsis »


Markku Pölönen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Franzén ... Laszlo
Sanna-Kaisa Palo Sanna-Kaisa Palo ... Martta
Samuel Vauramo ... Kasper
Jenni Banerjee ... Lara
Heikki Kinnunen Heikki Kinnunen ... Niccolo / Otto
Tatu Siivonen Tatu Siivonen ... Repe
Tuomas Uusitalo Tuomas Uusitalo ... Hippo
Toni Wahlström Toni Wahlström ... Ventti
Kaarina Turunen Kaarina Turunen ... Hullu-Helena
Lotta Lehtikari Lotta Lehtikari ... Veera
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Roosa
Emma Piitulainen Emma Piitulainen ... Anna
Puntti Valtonen Puntti Valtonen ... Jori
Ismo Apell Ismo Apell ... Jali Nappi
Janne Reinikainen Janne Reinikainen ... Lutku


The heart of the film is the Koppelo family. Worn out after a number of travels, but united and strong, this family is proud of their history. They have their share of misfortunes but never stop believing in themselves: We are not just any gang of vagabonds; we are part of world history!

Members of the Koppelo family were once court tailors for Nicholas II of Russia. The Finnish family sewed all the beautiful wedding gowns and lace dresses familiar from photos of the Czar´s family. When the Russian revolution started, Sofia, one of the ancestresses of the family and Nicholas II´s last mistress, fled to Finland with her out-of-wedlock son, her sisters and their families. They crossed the frozen Gulf of Finland and ended up in Terijoki, a small town in the south-eastern Finland that now belongs to Russia.

Accused of being Bolshevists, the family fled the Finnish Civil War to Europe. Years passed, and the family spread throughout the United States and Southern Europe. In 1970s, part of ...

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Comedy | Drama



Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]





Release Date:

14 September 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Matriarch See more »


Box Office


€1,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed simultaniously in both Finnish and English. See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed also in English. See more »


While Your Lips Are Still Red
Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Marco Hietala
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A good film
9 May 2011 | by darkreaper5645See all my reviews

Before i watched this film i read different reviews about this film and with some sites rating it around 5 out of 10 i was a bit put off it, but after i watched the music video from the film i decided to give it a go. But i am glad i have watched the film, the shots are beautiful and well made edit. The storyline is a bit confusing but as i read the story before i watched it i felt like i knew what was going on. The only main down side for me was that it was too short and it felt like they squashed the movie down to 1 hour and 30 minutes, they could easily of added more flow to the movie and made it near the 2 hours and 30 minutes. Overall i would recommend this movie to my friends to watch even though it is very hard to get your hands on a English copy.

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