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Last Cowboy Standing (2009)

Skavabölen pojat (original title)
In 1972, Rupert, 8 and Evert, 6 are two lovable and wildly imaginative brothers, lost in their cowboys-and-Indians fantasies and in the playground romances with the neighborhood girls. In ... See full summary »

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Zaida Bergroth

Writers:

Antti Raivio (play), Jan Forsström (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilmari Järvenpää Ilmari Järvenpää ... Rupert Kallio as a child
Onni Tommila ... Evert Kallio as a child
Lauri Tilkanen ... Rupert Kallio
Iiro Panula Iiro Panula ... Evert Kallio
Leea Klemola ... Mother, Pirjo 'Pipa' Kallio
Martti Suosalo ... Father, Pekka Kallio
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Magician Kinnunen
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Anu
Tommi Korpela ... Ossi Kallio
Henriikka Salo Henriikka Salo ... Anneli
Eila Roine Eila Roine ... Aunt Hilppa
Saara Kotkaniemi ... Maria Vuolasvirta
Kirsi Asikainen Kirsi Asikainen ... Anja Sallinen
Annu Valonen Annu Valonen ... Farkku-Tamara
Tarja Kirjatankki Tarja Kirjatankki ... Ostrich Rosenqvist
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In 1972, Rupert, 8 and Evert, 6 are two lovable and wildly imaginative brothers, lost in their cowboys-and-Indians fantasies and in the playground romances with the neighborhood girls. In the background is the warm but explosive and unstable mother, and the charming but unreliable father. The family has moved to a new house, the future looks bright. Everything starts to fall apart when Rupert finds a hidden letter. There are terrible fights and hushed whispers, then mom is taken somewhere to rest for a while. Later on there is confusing talk about a new mom. The brothers make a blood oath: One can't lie or die or one has to pay the other a million or more for the rest of his life. Rupert tries to hold the family together. But finally things get too complicated, and real tragedy waits in the wings of the fantasy plays. In 1982 the guilt-ridden 18-year-old Rupert tries to remember and understand the events of the past amidst the chaos of the present. If he doesn't find absolution, the ... Written by Jan Forsström

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Which Story Would You Tell About Your Childhood?

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Drama

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Country:

Finland | Germany

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

4 September 2009 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Cowboy Standing See more »

Filming Locations:

Haapamäki, Keuruu, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€1,750,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Very Subtle Storytelling from a Promising New Talent
6 July 2010 | by George_HuangSee all my reviews

A teenager who seems sad is on a bus back home to celebrate his younger brothers birthday. They went out to hang out with the crowd in the evening, but a little boy who doesn't belong to the occasion suddenly appears, so the memories and secrets behind the boy's sorrow face start to get revealed.

This first feature by the Finnish female director Zaida Bergroth is based on a play by Antti Raivio. It's Raivio's semi-autobiography, so it would never be easy for anyone to interpret his own very personal story, but Ms Bergroth proved herself a good storyteller and told the story very subtly.

It was a family full of Joy, until one day the older brother Rupert found a letter left on the floor, and everything would never be the same. It's not a very special story to tell, but it's a story which everyone would feel connected to in each their own perspective. Personally, I felt deeply connected to the situation and profoundly moved by the feelings that couldn't be shown in the characters.

Ms Bergroth not only fully transformed the play into a cinematic experience but also brilliantly used a few very imaginative metaphors to lead the audience to get into the story deeper and deeper, but it still maintains a clear view when the memories and the present shuffle through back and forth. It also has some funny scenes that decrease the heavy tone.

The ensemble cast is impressive. especially the two young actors who played the brothers are amazingly good. They reminded me of the equally good sisters in "In America." The use of the song "Sugar Baby Love" and a cover of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" fit the scenes perfectly and make the film more unforgettable.


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