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Järven tarina (2016)

A documentary about Finnish lakes, the nature around them, circulation of water and ancient Finnish mythology.


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Jonathan Hutchings ...
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Johanna Kurkela ...
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Tale of a Lake is a film about the thousands of lakes that Finland is known for. It takes the viewers on an unprecedented adventure, ranging from the crystal clear springs all the way to the basins of the big lakes. It opens a whole new world of underwater nature for the viewers, and tells about the many old tales and beliefs in the land of thousands of lakes. The story of the film is told through tales that are based around the myths, legends and old beliefs that are part of the Finnish mythology. Written by AnonymousB

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15 January 2016 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Der magische See  »

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€814,000 (estimated)

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The animal in the poster is Saimaa ringed seal (puppy). There is only 300 left them on the planet. See more »


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Mediocre and boring document about a lake
4 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I think the narrator's voice is too old to be comfortably absorbed, his voice is like an old guy, voice already cracked like his diluted pupils, also a bit like a smoker's voice, harsh and with phlegm in his windpipe and throat, not a good choice to narrate this documentary.

Secondly, the script borrowed legend and myth from the Finnish hearsay to much and blah, blah and blah too long to really stimulate strong interest of the already-seen-thousand-times stuff.

But worst of all is the soundtrack, the supporting music that supposed to help interpreting the script and enhancing it more alive and vivid. Instead, the soundtrack just felt irrelevantly annoying and disturbing.

This documentary film's only achievement is telling you Finland got 190,000 lakes more than Minesoda. The cinematography is okay but not great at all. A documentary that seems to be totally unnecessary to repeat other similar purpose ones. That's why I've lost my interest after 25 patient minutes and bailed out.

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