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Letters to Father Jacob (2009)

Postia pappi Jaakobille (original title)
With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless... See full summary »

Director:

Klaus Härö

Writers:

Klaus Härö (screenplay), Jaana Makkonen (original idea) | 1 more credit »
16 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Kaarina Hazard ... Leila
Heikki Nousiainen Heikki Nousiainen ... Father Jacob
Jukka Keinonen Jukka Keinonen ... Posteljooni
Esko Roine Esko Roine ... Vankilan Johtaja
Kaija Pakarinen Kaija Pakarinen ... Leilan sisko (voice)
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Storyline

With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and Leila finds herself cast in a new role. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Drama

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartas al padre Jacob See more »

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Budget:

€525,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kinotar, Yleisradio (YLE) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The story is set in 1973, according to the date on the mail-order catalog cover. See more »

Goofs

In one brief shot, the mailbox in the yard has water streaming out from four holes. This water could not have accumulated naturally, so it was obviously poured into the mailbox by the crew just before the shot. See more »

Quotes

Posteljooni: Post for Father Jacob!
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Connections

References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Quartet in F Minor
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performed by Hart House String Quartet
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don't miss this film
4 April 2010 | by jounimakSee all my reviews

Now here is a movie that everybody should see. A sad story, though not sentimental. The optimistic ending leaves you in a comfortable feeling that even the worst situation can turn to better.

The Finnish landscape is beautifully pictured. Postcard like sceneries. Two brilliant actors, the directing is what you may expect from Härö: simply brilliant, as true as life.

The filmmakers have shared a very strong trust in humanity. The most warmhearted priest meets a woman whose fate has been to suffer a jail sentence that should never have been judged.

Do yourself a favor, watch this film.


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