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Lasisydän (1959)

Despite winning the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, a Finnish glass designer returns to Helsinki with a bad case of burnout. His psychiatrist recommends taking a few weeks off and seeing... See full summary »

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Matti Kassila
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jussi Jurkka ... Glassware artist
Aila Arajuuri Aila Arajuuri ... Bus hostess (as Aila Pilvessalo)
Toivo Mäkelä ... Psychiatrist / tramp
Matti Aulos Matti Aulos ... Commercial counsellor
Tuija Halonen
Anja Hatakka Anja Hatakka ... Country girl
Mai-Brit Heljo Mai-Brit Heljo ... Secretary
Leo Jokela ... Shopkeeper
Armas Jokio Armas Jokio ... Boat owner
Martti Kainulainen Martti Kainulainen ... Mirri's brother
Uljas Kandolin ... Bus driver
Kauko Kokkonen Kauko Kokkonen ... Man repairing a car
Toivo Lahti Toivo Lahti ... Mirri's father
Maikki Länsiö Maikki Länsiö ... Mirja, "Mirri"
Brita Koivunen Brita Koivunen ... Singer
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Despite winning the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, a Finnish glass designer returns to Helsinki with a bad case of burnout. His psychiatrist recommends taking a few weeks off and seeing the Finnish countryside. Over a few sunny days and light-filled nights around the Midsummer, our hero enjoys the company of a mysterious tramp bearing surprising resemblance to his psychiatrist, and gradually falls in love with a beautiful female student crossing his path in several places because of her summer job as a tour bus guide. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

16 October 1959 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Glashjärtat See more »

Company Credits

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Kassila & Harkimo See more »
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Mono
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During the filming, assistant sound recordist Pentti Venovirta and cinema photographer Osmo Harkimo were in a terrible car accident in which Venovirta died and Harkimo broke his arm. Harkimo was replaced by Esko Nevalainen. See more »

Quotes

Psychiatrist: Are you afraid of women?
Glassware artist: Who would be afraid of women?
Psychiatrist: Many men are! Women can be so bloody shrewd!
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A masterpiece of the Finnish cinema
12 March 2006 | by henriwrSee all my reviews

A glass artist is having a burn out. He goes to see a psychiatrist, who tells him that he should take a leave. The glass artist jumps into his car and start cruising around the country side. He runs into different kind of phenomena of the Finnish culture, meets an odd tramp, who becomes to his friend and falls in love with a girl. In the end of the film the tramp has become rich, the glass artist and the girl are married, but the glass artist is having another burn out...

Lasisydän (Heart of Glass) is absolutely one of the greatest films that has ever been made in the Finnish cinema. It is an absurd comedy, a love story and a buddy movie at the same time. But it is a tremendous shame that this masterpiece by Matti Kassila is so little known even in Finland. But if you get a change to watch this film, so do it! You can also admire how Toivo Mäkelä is giving one of his greatest performances playing both the psychiatrist and the tramp.


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