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Purge (2012)

Puhdistus (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 7 September 2012 (Finland)
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A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past.

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Antti Jokinen (as Antti J. Jokinen)

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Marko Leino (screenplay), Antti Jokinen (screenplay) (as Antti J. Jokinen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Birn ... Aliide / young-Ingel's sister
Liisi Tandefelt Liisi Tandefelt ... Aliide / old-Ingel's sister
Amanda Pilke Amanda Pilke ... Zara / Linda's daughter
Peter Franzén ... Hans / Ingel's husband
Kristjan Sarv Kristjan Sarv ... Pasa / Gang member
Krista Kosonen ... Ingel / Aliide's sister-Hans' wife
Tommi Korpela ... Martin / Aliide's husband
Sonja Nüganen Sonja Nüganen ... Linda / Hans and Ingel's daughter
Kaisa Kaljusaar Kaisa Kaljusaar ... Linda, 4 years
Laura Kiis Laura Kiis ... Linda, newborn
Tomi Salmela ... Militia
Panu Vauhkonen Panu Vauhkonen ... Tall man
Jaanika Arum Jaanika Arum ... Katia / Victim of human trading
Jarmo Mäkinen ... Lavrenti
Petteri Pennilä Petteri Pennilä ... Andrei
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Storyline

Estonian in early 1990s: The story of two women from different eras whose lives are equally full of deception, despair and fear. Aliida survived the nightmare of the Stalinist camps and the deportation of Estonians to Siberia. At the same time, she has to live with a sense of guilt for her opportunism and even for the death of people. One night in 1992, she finds a young woman in the courtyard of independent countryside: Zara has been beaten down and is escaping from the bandits of the Russian mafia who kept her as a sexual slave. Subsequently, it turns out that Aliida and Zara are relatives. Gradually, their relationships and their stories are intertwined into a complex network. The cycle of hatred and violence continues from decade to generation. Written by lament

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Two women. Different eras. One destiny. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Finland | Estonia

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (Finland) See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,450
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Solar Films, Taska Film See more »
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The official entry of Finland to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Pasa: [shows Aliide photos of a killed man] Look at the photos.
Aliide: I don't have to. I've seen bodies before.
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Referenced in Sofi Oksanen. Syntynyt kirjailijaksi (2013) See more »

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New Finnish-Estonian Extremity
8 July 2015 | by papasergeySee all my reviews

This is an adaptation of the novel by the female writer Sofi Oksanen - daughter of a Finn and an Estonian women (the latter emigrated to Finland yet in the Soviet era). One glance at this woman is enough to see what sort of person she is. People of art, especially in contemporary Scandinavia, are, quite frankly, those 'Jupiters', who are allowed a lot of things we 'oxen' are not allowed. But, seriously, getting acquainted with their works is order of magnitude more interesting and alluring than with, you know, socialist realism novels the authors of which were dressed in respectable jackets.

The same is here: the film based on the book by the contemporary Finnish émancipée really grabs me from the very first frame. The newly independent Estonia which has not yet entered into NATO and the EU. A cursed old house, like in some Grindcore song, hides numerous terrible secrets under its floorboards which are nailed perfectly still. Who lives in it, is of course a creepy old Finno-Ugric woman, who smokes better than an experienced young guy and grabs the sharp ax, should things go a bit wrong. She possesses a pistol as well, as it is later found out. An inscription like 'Russian whore' is shown off on the glass of her window. We see that a lot has gone through this backward old woman and that she would die hard anyway.

In her yard, a half dead escapee - a psycho prostitute girl, chased by her pimps - is trying to hide. Until the end it is not clear: whether God himself brought her exactly to THIS grandmother (in Estonia, after all those dreadful events they have survived, people do not believe in God: this is perhaps the only atheistic country in the world), or she knew beforehand who to seek. In general, in the abundance of flashbacks, the audience can easily read the extremely frank confession of the old Estonian woman, and there will be no doubt that the girl really was at the right time in the right place... And as for the bandits, they once again demonstrated all the riskiness of their ticklish 'craft'. Sometimes, they would get away in such scrapes, that even commandos would not. But here - just a miserable peasant old woman from a single-homestead settlement! Who knew that the granny was kind of Rambo! She would not be frightened by photos of mutilated corpses, by a knife or even by a pistol: in her lifetime, something worse could be seen...

And everything was right about the film (it even, dare I say it, is endowed with the aesthetics of death: puddles of blood with a metallic gleam, flames, carved autumn leaves), but the shocking end. I was just about standing up and cheering the 'Rambo grandmother' who had successfully born everything, when suddenly... The shock was not what I saw there. Shock was in irrationality of the final frame! She has survived all the atrocities throughout her life, if not a lightning incinerates me for such a cynicism, with flying colours. Whatever fell to her lot (torture and abuse, personal life failure and economic disruption) - she would just wash herself thoroughly (hence the name of the work) and her sly life goes on. But the fact of what the author made her heroine to do instead of the happy end, for me, crossed out everything that the author had spoken about the character above.

Hard to say what exactly influenced the author's choice of such a zigzag final (the novel and its film adaptation of the same name end the same, which of course, does not always happen). But one thing is certain. As long as society of many young nations (or rather of those which have existed for centuries, but almost always in their history dependent upon neighbours which have been more numerous, better politically organised and rich) perceives their past as 'genocide' ('playing the victim'), such stories will be just those caps that fit. Whether this is good or bad - who am I to judge. Dwell on the past and you may lose an eye; forget the past and you will lose both eyes out...


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