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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.

Director:

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 / 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

The story of two women from two different eras linked by separate tales of deceit, desperation - and fear. Aliide has experienced the horrors of the Stalin era and the deportation of Estonians to Siberia, but she herself has to cope with the guilt of opportunism and even manslaughter. One night in 1992 she finds a young woman in the courtyard of her house; Zara has just escaped from the claws of the Russian mafia who held her as a sex slave. Aliide later finds out that the girl is related to her. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other's motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia's Soviet occupation.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie is an adaption from the famous Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen's novel "Puhdistus" (2008). See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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

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The Anthem of the Soviet Republic of Estonia
Written by Gustav Ernesaks and Johannes Semper
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Brutal
21 March 2015 | by billcr12See all my reviews

A young woman forced into a prostitution ring in Estonia escapes and seeks refuge with an old lady whose horrific past is revealed through a series of flashbacks, and although I am not fan of a non linear style of filmmaking, it works well for this particular movie.The two main actresses are terrific and the World War Two history lesson regarding Estonia and Stalin's communist Russia is quite compelling. Both the current theme of white slavery and the past one of atrocities committed in the name of patriotism and honor are portrayed in a brutal and honest way. Purge runs a bit too long at two hours and five minutes, but even with that small criticism, I would rank it as one of my favorite foreign language films.


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Country:

Finland | Estonia

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Estonia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,451,380
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Films, Taska Film See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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