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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)

Writers:

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 Truu, young
Liisi Tandefelt Liisi Tandefelt ... Aliide Truu, old
Amanda Pilke Amanda Pilke ... Zara
Peter Franzén ... Hans Pekk
Kristjan Sarv Kristjan Sarv ... Pasa
Krista Kosonen ... Ingel
Tommi Korpela ... Martin Truu
Sonja Nüganen Sonja Nüganen ... Linda
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
Jarmo Mäkinen ... Lavrenti
Petteri Pennilä Petteri Pennilä ... Andrei
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Storyline

A tormented young woman is given a hiding place by an elderly lady and soon they are reminded of their mutual horrendous past.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Rakkaus, petos, uhraus (Love, betrayal, sacrifice) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Finland | Estonia

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Utrensning See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia See more »

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Budget:

€2,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Films,Taska Film See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The official entry of Finland to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Referenced in Sofi Oksanen. Syntynyt kirjailijaksi (2013) See more »

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Unexpectedly moving
30 August 2013 | by stemal-1See all my reviews

I'll admit that this isn't the kind of film I would have watched had I known more about it. What got me interested was a review in Empire magazine's Video Dungeon column, written by Kim 'Nightmare Movies' Newman which said that this contained a Frightfest (UK horror festival) full of exploitation all in one film. He did however go on to qualify this.

Yes, there are several very uncomfortable scenes which could have been exploitative, but they were all in context over a two hour running time, and I certainly didn't expect to be almost crying by the end. The acting was superb (particularly Laura Birn in a brave role I'd imagine most actresses would kill for), and I really felt for the female characters.

Maybe 'enjoyable' or 'entertaining' are not the right words to describe such a bleak film. But it will keep you gripped, and you would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by it. I voted it 7/10 at first, but I'll have to check whether you can change your rating, as it's now an 8 in my book.


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