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The Novelist (2008)

Päätalo (original title)
A contractor wants to become a writer but his unhappy marriage and financial problems are suppressing him.


Hannu Kahakorpi


Elina Halttunen (dramatisation), Miisa Linden (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kai Lehtinen ... Kalle Päätalo
Susanna Mikkonen Susanna Mikkonen ... Leena (as Susanna Anteroinen)
Nina Jääskeläinen Nina Jääskeläinen ... Laina Päätalo
Antti Virmavirta Antti Virmavirta ... Ilmari Vouvila
Pirjo Leppänen Pirjo Leppänen ... Riitu Päätalo
Eero Schroderus Eero Schroderus ... Hermanni Päätalo
Kari Hietalahti ... Sonni Moilanen
Ahti Jokinen Ahti Jokinen ... Kummun Kalle
Mira Kivilä Mira Kivilä ... Salli Lisäkäs
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ... Ville Repo
Maija Paunio Maija Paunio ... Sinikka Arjala
Elina Siikaluoma Elina Siikaluoma ... Raija Koivula
Tiina Jakkila-Parkkinen Tiina Jakkila-Parkkinen ... Saima Koivula
Janne Väätäjä Janne Väätäjä ... Young Kalle Päätalo
Hannu Kahakorpi Hannu Kahakorpi ... Bank manager #1


A contractor wants to become a writer but his unhappy marriage and financial problems are suppressing him.

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Novelist See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »


Box Office


€1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (3-part TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In case you wondered what this is about
2 April 2009 | by jamisamaSee all my reviews

The self-titled Päätalo follows the life of Finnish author, Kalle Päätalo, who in his 30s, finds a brutal upbringing, unsatisfying marriage, and poor self image are hold him back from realizing his potential until he falls in love. This period in his life, help to solidify the artistic and literary foundation for his later life. Päätalo, moving from his hardscrabble rural existence to the big city of Tampere, blossoms and finds his way through a series of moving personal epiphanies. Kalle Päätalo achieved wide recognition for long autobiographical IIJOKI series. The popularity of his writing helped gain acceptance of literature as art rather than a method for instruction or espousing beliefs.

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