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Shadow Lines 

Nyrkki (original title)
During the 1950s, Helsinki was the focal point of the Cold War, as global powers and their intelligence agencies coalesced in the small neutral country that stood between the East and the ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Emmi Parviainen ...  Helena Korhonen 10 episodes, 2019
Olavi Uusivirta Olavi Uusivirta ...  Julius Boije 10 episodes, 2019
Sampo Sarkola ...  Olavi Suominen 10 episodes, 2019
Katja Küttner ...  Aune Lyytinen 10 episodes, 2019
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...  Yrjö Ylitalo 10 episodes, 2019
Ivan Mathias Petersson Ivan Mathias Petersson ...  Ivan Sergejev 9 episodes, 2019
Jonna Järnefelt Jonna Järnefelt ...  Lisa Salmén 8 episodes, 2019
Samuel Vauramo ...  John McCadden 8 episodes, 2019
Jevgeni Haukka Jevgeni Haukka ...  Sergei Sabanov 8 episodes, 2019
Rich Lyons Rich Lyons ...  George K. McFall 8 episodes, 2019
Maksim Pavlenko Maksim Pavlenko ...  Dmitri Sergejev 6 episodes, 2019
Jessica Grabowsky ...  Tabe Slioor 5 episodes, 2019
Kari Hietalahti ...  Kyösti Saarnio 5 episodes, 2019
Robert Enckell ...  Bror Svensson 5 episodes, 2019
Elina Patrakka Elina Patrakka ...  Pikku-Helena 5 episodes, 2019
Valentina Kalinina Valentina Kalinina ...  Alina Sergejeva 5 episodes, 2019


During the 1950s, Helsinki was the focal point of the Cold War, as global powers and their intelligence agencies coalesced in the small neutral country that stood between the East and the West. Sphere of Shadows is an international spy thriller that follows a secret intelligence team whose mission is to defend the independence of Finland no matter the cost.

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Finnish Cold War Film Noir Done Right
23 May 2020 | by Phantom_DuckSee all my reviews

The Finns are a dark and twisted people. A romantic comedy from Finland is dark. It is a barren and cold place.

This is real film noir, as good as it gets.

Perhaps the best spy flick I have ever seen? Real trade craft, not the "Good Guys" always win, car chases and explosions. There are no good guys in the real world. Or in 1956 Helsinki.

Finnish title is Nyrkki which means Fist, as in hand, so a bit of a play on words translated to English. Since it was funded by BBC and SBC Australia, the Finns were having a go. Dark and funny those Finns. >FIST was the Finnish Security Intelligence Service now known as SUPO. Helsinki and Berlin were Ground Zero during the Cold War. This film gives you that feel of uncertainty.

Shadow Lines draws a hypothetical plot based on real world events that took place in 1956. The height of the cold war. Historically accurate, amazing acting, breathtaking direction and cinematography.

Subtle and suspenseful. This is a gem. With all characters, Finns, Russians, and Americans speaking their native tongues and subtitles this is not a casual watch. Rather an immersive experience.

Not to be watched if the kids are running amok, the phone is ringing or you are distracted. You will miss all the subtlety. Rainy day and nothing on the agenda? Get the popcorn, the dogs and the blankets. Always cold in Finland!

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Finnish | English | Russian | Swedish

Release Date:

2019 (Finland) See more »

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EUR4,000,000 (estimated)
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