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Backwood Philosopher (2009)

Havukka-ahon ajattelija (original title)
Self-taught philosopher Konsta Pylkkänen guides a group of researchers through Finland's Kainuu wilderness in the hopes of having a "sinistä ajatusta", idea out of the blue. While firing ... See full summary »


Kari Väänänen


Veikko Huovinen (book), Kari Väänänen (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kai Lehtinen ... Konsta Pylkkänen
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Maisteri Matti E. Ojasto
Tommi Korpela ... Maisteri 'Putte' Kronberg
Ilkka Heiskanen Ilkka Heiskanen ... Mooses Pessi
Konsta Pöyliö Konsta Pöyliö ... Nikke
Aake Kalliala Aake Kalliala ... Kuoliaaksinaurattaja
Kati Outinen ... Kuoliaaksinaurattajan tytär
Juhani Niemelä Juhani Niemelä ... Ukonkuivuuvaaran isäntä
Maria Aro Maria Aro ... Ukonkuivuuvaaran emäntä
Janne Kinnunen Janne Kinnunen ... Anselmi
Ursula Salo Ursula Salo ... Iita
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... Ooke Iso-Kilpukka
Kari Väänänen ... Severi
Tuire Salenius Tuire Salenius ... Mooseksen emäntä
Tatu Mönttinen Tatu Mönttinen ... Ylioppilas


Self-taught philosopher Konsta Pylkkänen guides a group of researchers through Finland's Kainuu wilderness in the hopes of having a "sinistä ajatusta", idea out of the blue. While firing upon a hybrid of the hazel grouse and the western capercaillie, kinds of birds, he indeed makes a scientific discovery.

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Author Veikko Huovinen died two days before he was supposed to see the final version of the movie. Huovinen was very interested of the project and even visited the filming location in summer 2009 and gave his "blessing" on the makers of the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

For TV release, the film was edited into three-part mini-series. See more »


Referenced in Kari Väänänen - kotona taas (2010) See more »

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7 February 2011 | by jounimakSee all my reviews

A very good book turned to a movie by a very good director and excellent actors but the result is a failure. What went wrong?

The only explanation I can think of is that I and the director have understood the story from very different starting points. Casting is brilliant but only theoretically. These usually unbeatable actors simply don't fit in their roles. I have seen them acting wonderfully but now comes this disaster.

Only the cameramen have done their job perfectly. Beautiful nature, the desert with its inhabitants is pictured beautifully.

I would recommend a better focus in choosing the actors next time. Never mind how well these actors usually perform, now they are simply in unsuitable roles.

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Backwood Philosopher See more »

Filming Locations:

Kuhmo, Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(3-part TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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