On the West Coast on Finland in nineteenth-century Ostrobothnia. Esko is the leader of a local gang of troublemakers and an uneven battle ensues over the estate, honor a father's last wishes.

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Jukka-Pekka Siili (as JP Siili)

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Jukka-Pekka Siili (as JP Siili)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauri Tilkanen ... Matti Välitalo
Mikko Leppilampi Mikko Leppilampi ... Esko Välitalo
Pamela Tola ... Aino Kantola
Aku Hirviniemi ... Kalle
Eero Milonoff ... Häjy Koskela
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Antti Välitalo
Lena Meriläinen Lena Meriläinen ... Maria Välitalo
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Sakari Kantola
Olavi Uusivirta Olavi Uusivirta ... Häjy Lehto
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ... Notaari Kustaa
Kari Hietalahti ... Vallesmanni
Ali Ahovaara Ali Ahovaara ... Häjy Valtteri
Teemu Kettula Teemu Kettula ... Häjy Vanhala
Toni Ikola Toni Ikola ... Häjy Hietanen
Pia Latomäki Pia Latomäki ... Sylvi Kantola
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On the West Coast on Finland in nineteenth-century Ostrobothnia. Esko is the leader of a local gang of troublemakers and an uneven battle ensues over the estate, honor a father's last wishes.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Egyszer régen, Északon See more »

Filming Locations:

Laihia, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€1,670,000 (estimated)
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Yellow Film & TV See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Coulda Shoulda Woulda
27 June 2014 | by xagguratSee all my reviews

It could have been a good historical action movie. The historical background is interesting enough for someone to film some decent action out of it. If only someone with a good sense of style and creative mindset would take another stab to the subject.

There could be even a chance to make social commentary, as young men of the era rebelled against strict laws and rules of society and religious morality in 19th century Finnish Ostrobothnia. What was special - meaning when compared to similar rebellious actions in other parts of the world - was that rebelling young men "puukkojunkkarit" belonged to all classes of society, there were house owners, farmers and farm servants. So, the battle was actually between cool fun people and uptight self-righteous people, more than criminals and lawful people.

But this flick, Härmä, has no social commentary. It promotes the boring guy and makes the fun guy criminal.

Rest of the plot is just as unimaginative and literal. It's a simple hereditary rivalry between two brothers. And quite tedious one. The major problem with the story is that there's a pattern, which is repeated several times. Because of it you feel like you have seen the same story 3-4 times before the film actually ends.


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