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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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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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Utrensning See more »

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Estonia See more »

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€2,400,000 (estimated)
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Solar Films, Taska Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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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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Referenced in Sofi Oksanen. Syntynyt kirjailijaksi (2013) See more »

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An entertaining and successful film based on a popular book. Best finnish movie in a long time.
12 September 2012 | by ernestiSee all my reviews

Puhdistus (aka Purge) is a well executed drama based on a book by Sofi Oksanen. It pictures the torments of the people of Estonia in the soviet era without being a historical drama. It tells a story of two sisters, of their love to a same man which leads to a deception and ultimate disappointment. A young woman who is brought back by a coincidence is also connected to their past in the beginning.

For a finnish movie with a limited budget this is absolutely the film of the year or maybe a film of the few decades. There'd been nothing like this coming out from the finnish cinema until now. Finnish movies consists of mainly farce comedies, dull historical movies, war movies and that's just about all. Antti J. Jokinen breaks this eternal line of just average ordinary movies by bringing us a film with a beautiful cinematography, fantastic camera work, strong actor performance and an interesting plot. It is loyal to the book but it wouldn't be fair to judge the film and book against each other as with films it has to be consistent and quite solid up until the end and the book can go deeper.

The movie itself is very straight forward film with nothing left to question. That may be one drawback among a few others that kept me from giving this movie full ten stars. The other issue is that the movie doesn't engage as much as it should. Scenes just roll from one to another quite fast and things just happen and that feeling may not be avoided just after the first hour. I guessed what was going to happen but still after the film i felt entertained and not at all disappointed.

I also thought that presenting only one dimensional good vs. evil doesn't do the movie any good. These three three things just made me take a few stars off. It's still an enjoyable strong film that makes an impression but it's good for one time viewing only.

Jokinen has succeeded with this film and i sure hope he has many other interesting films to direct in the future.


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