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The Matriarch (2007)

Lieksa! (original title)
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 »

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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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Filmed simultaniously in both Finnish and English. See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed also in English. See more »

Soundtracks

While Your Lips Are Still Red
Written by Tuomas Holopainen
Performed by Marco Hietala
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A good surprise
14 January 2015 | by gautier-meyer-2014See all my reviews

I get a Finnish copy of this movie with Italian and English subtitle.

it's a shame that this movie didn't get more attention because : - the picture and the music are great - the plot is very non-typical - there is no boring sex or conventional violence - it's a mix of irony and tales

in a nutshell this movie is a little bit like a johnny Depp or Kusturica's movies.

I should admit that this movie have some lack (Maybe because of its low budget) some better actors should have been hired, some characters should have been better elaborated and some part of the scenario also. nevertheless it didn't prevent me to dream


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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Matriarch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$667,849
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Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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