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Letters to Father Jacob (2009)

Postia pappi Jaakobille (original title)
With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless... See full summary »

Director:

Klaus Härö

Writers:

Klaus Härö (screenplay), Jaana Makkonen (original idea) | 1 more credit »
16 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Kaarina Hazard ... Leila
Heikki Nousiainen Heikki Nousiainen ... Father Jacob
Jukka Keinonen Jukka Keinonen ... Posteljooni
Esko Roine Esko Roine ... Vankilan Johtaja
Kaija Pakarinen Kaija Pakarinen ... Leilan sisko (voice)
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Storyline

With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and Leila finds herself cast in a new role. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartas al padre Jacob See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR525,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,332,577
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kinotar, Yleisradio (YLE) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The story is set in 1973, according to the date on the mail-order catalog cover. See more »

Goofs

In one brief shot, the mailbox in the yard has water streaming out from four holes. This water could not have accumulated naturally, so it was obviously poured into the mailbox by the crew just before the shot. See more »

Quotes

Father Jacob: [dictating a letter] ... and then sign it: "With loving greetings Father Jacob and Leila Sten..."
Leila: God dammit!
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Connections

References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel's serenade
Composed by Gaetano Braga
Performed by Venetian Instrumental Trio
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They're not kidding: this is excellent.
18 November 2009 | by Lance_TaitSee all my reviews

Careful, finely-honed directing by Klaus Härö features wonderful performances by Heikki Nousiainen and Kaarina Hazard. Brilliant casting. Small, tiny, luminous inventions are everywhere; nothing is heavy-handed. The story, first written by Jaana Makkonen, is austere, moving; the film ends just where it needs to in order for the story resonate. In any other person's hands besides Härö's, the result could have been disastrous. Why? Because the story does not appear to be overtly exceptional; and the visuals of the film need to be composed with the actors in natural, country surroundings and among existing buildings and a church. Härö, a cinematic poet, transmutes the physical materials he has on hand into gold. See this film if you dislike badly made movies and yearn for outstanding quality.


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