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Under the North Star (2009)

Täällä Pohjantähden alla (original title)
A new film-adaptation of Väinö Linna's famous book here Beneath the North Star.

Director:

Timo Koivusalo

Writers:

Timo Koivusalo (screenplay), Väinö Linna (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilkka Koivula ... Akseli Koskela
Vera Kiiskinen Vera Kiiskinen ... Elina Koskela
Risto Tuorila Risto Tuorila ... Jussi Koskela
Ritva Jalonen Ritva Jalonen ... Alma Koskela
Mikko Nousiainen ... Aku Koskela
Tuukka Huttunen Tuukka Huttunen ... Aleksi Koskela
Mikael Salonen Mikael Salonen ... Nuori Akseli Koskela
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Kirkkoherra Salpakari
Jonna Järnefelt Jonna Järnefelt ... Ellen Salpakari
Antti Luusuaniemi ... Ilmari Salpakari
Heikki Nousiainen Heikki Nousiainen ... Räätäli Halme
Seela Sella Seela Sella ... Emma Halme
Esko Roine Esko Roine ... Otto Kivivuori
Sara Paavolainen Sara Paavolainen ... Anna Kivivuori
Tapani Kalliomäki Tapani Kalliomäki ... Janne Kivivuori
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A new film-adaptation of Väinö Linna's famous book here Beneath the North Star.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Ivan Puopolo: Red soldier See more »

Quotes

Mellola: About Jokinen. It would be fine to shoot him - but there's no-one else to run the machine at the sawmill. This winter's logs are still uncut, and there's life after this also.
Yllön isäntä: Fine, if it's like that. We'll give him forced labor.
Mellola: If I find another man, shoot him then.
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Featured in Strada: Episode dated 27 November 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Akselin ja Elinan häävalssi
Written by Heikki Aaltoila
Arranged by Jaakko Kuusisto
Warner Chappel
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Thoroughly told Finnish history lesson
4 February 2010 | by info-5111See all my reviews

It's a long film - too long some might say, including to some extent me - but I'll be brief.

Under the North Star, based on Väinö Linna's novels is the first of two films dealing with Finland's civil war, contemporary with but not really a part of World War One.

The story begins way before that, however, as farmer Koskela gets permission to turn a marsh on the congregation's property into farmland, and succeeds through uncomplaining hard work. The years pass and his children grow up in a world where class struggle is starting to become a buzzword. All the farmers in this beautiful land of birch forests, lakes and fields may at short notice be evicted by the owners of the land, but the village's local socialist Halme does his best to implement change in a peaceful manner. Others, including Koskela's oldest son Akseli, have no illusions about how to force change down the throats of the lucky few.

There's war and lots of cruelty to be found in this film, but also the patience to thoroughly present the place and the characters before that. The cinematography and music suit the story's slow, serious arc and it's apparent that a lot of effort and, for a Nordic production, money have been put in the film.

It's worth seeing, though not exactly uplifting, especially for those interested in history and politics.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (Finland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ahlainen, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,942,703
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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