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Princess (2010)

Prinsessa (original title)
Princess tells the true story of former cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen's redemptive struggle with insanity, who checked in to Finland's Kellokoski Psychiatric Hospital in 1945.

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Arto Halonen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katja Küttner ... Princess, Anna Lappalainen
Samuli Edelmann ... Johan Grotenfelt
Krista Kosonen ... Christina Von Heyroth
Peter Franzén ... Saastamoinen
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ... Dean Kuronen
Paavo Westerberg ... Doctor Alfred Lonka
Antti Litja ... Chief Physician Soininen
Irma Junnilainen Irma Junnilainen ... Head Nurse Pakalén
Paula Vesala ... Nurse Elsa
Joanna Haartti ... Nurse Rauha
Tapio Liinoja Tapio Liinoja ... Bank manager Granqvist
Pertti Koivula Pertti Koivula ... Lobotomy surgeon Mäkelä
Arto Heikkilä Arto Heikkilä ... X-Ray Technician Isakson
Jukka Moskuvaara Jukka Moskuvaara ... Oiva
Ulla Tapaninen Ulla Tapaninen ... Big Ida
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Princess tells the true story of former cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen's redemptive struggle with insanity, who checked in to Finland's Kellokoski Psychiatric Hospital in 1945.

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Happier than the rest of us?

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

10 September 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€1,448,260 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Prinsessalle
Lyrics by Paula Vesala & Mariska
Composed by Tuomas Kantelinen
Performed by Johanna Kurkela
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The reality just is too boring..?
12 September 2010 | by Shaolin_ApuSee all my reviews

In 1945 a mental hospital receives a patient who will be known to all as Princess. The patient is fortunate because the staff at hospital will attempt to cure the patients relying on various new methods, that aren't too schoolbook-like. In this somewhat 'liberal' environment Princess will become known to all as some kind of Her Royal Highness who can, maybe surprisingly too, treat everyone as if she really possessed the grace and power of a sovereign. But of course the reality will always strike back, softer or harder.

The movie is based on real events which roll by in fast but still at an enjoyable pace. The film could be enjoyable too because it contains a good deal of the top cream of contemporary Finnish actors, not to mention the Finnish rock star Paula Vesala who makes a decent, if not just great, debut on the screen as a supporting actress. Despite the film is about a serious mental illness I couldn't but laugh at few scenes - even if some scenes are really tragic and even terrifying, no one can escape the fact that life never needs to be too serious even if the environment is against you.


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