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Average finnish war drama with same spices and clichés
ernesti21 September 2015
This is just another finnish war drama which are made every year with the same clichès and spices. The package is just a bit different every time. I wonder when they'd stop supporting patriotic films and put the focus on different kind of films that are completely absent in Finnish cinema. There's so much talent that gets wasted if they make the same stuff over and over again.

Knowing the director's background in music videos, it doesn't really surprise that the film seems like a two hour long commercial music video rather than a film about love and war. The problem is that it doesn't touch at all when it should. Character development is non-existent and characters are left vague. All the atrocities are bypassed quite swiftly just as if nothing bad had ever happened. The main character is pregnant but the development of pregnancy is not shown at all. As a viewer i was left with a role of an observer. I was supposed to just admire the scenery.

The film is technically perfect but that's all there is to it. The sex scenes are actually so amusing and lack a good taste so much so that i think it will never get an international release.

To sum it up it's an average finnish war drama from a capable director who gave us Puhdistus some years earlier. It remains as his best film in my opinion. Finnish audiences who've seen war films over and over again might find this film quite tiring. I find Puhdistus more awarding to watch than this.
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Lost potential
paaskynen4 November 2017
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This film was touted to me as the first one set in Lapland during the often forgotten Lapland War between Finland and Nazi-Germany (1944-1945). This was false marketing for the story is mostly set in Russia and the Lapland War does not start until two-thirds into the film.

The plot aims to be a love story between lovers from opposite sides in the conflict, against all odds, but that angle is obfuscated by side plots and the paper thin story, in which everything is treated with the same greyish brush.

Furthermore, the special effects in the action scenes are mostly not believable. Bombs repeatedly explode literally two meters away from the protagonists who are standing up yet miraculously remain unharmed, while German soldiers, instead of seeking cover, fire at attack planes with pistol calibre small arms.

I assume the film makers wanted to create an artsy, dark film to gloss over the fact that they lacked the budget to depict realistic action and atrocity scenes and they failed in that attempt. There are some good scenes, but on the whole the story feels disjointed, the characters have little chemistry and their actions appear poorly motivated.

It is too bad that a story with potential did not meet with a better execution. For a better film set in the same area and during the same time period, watch Kukushka (2002).
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beautiful. but not more
Kirpianuscus6 March 2016
a war film. not different by many others. same story of love in war time, same soft illustration of Nazi crimes, same moral lesson in nice package. the photography is remarkable, the acting is an interesting exercise to use minimalism for save the character, the music in beautiful but, after few strange errors , it is obvious its great sin - it not gives something new. despite the story, the film seems be only a large picture, cold , gray, and the emotion seems be the duty of viewer to imagine it. a film who remains beautiful. like a lot of films about same theme. but the courage to exploring key-details , the craziness of war as stage for a touching love story is missing.
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ViljamiSalo26 January 2019
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Give this a miss.
anthonymcevoy19 September 2018
Unfortunately this has to be the worst Finnish film I have ever seen. It has no redeeming qualities other than the occasional glimpse of the beautiful Lapland landscape and you would have had to have hiked there to feel even the slightest pang. The Finns can make some good, if slightly insular, war films bringing to life a little known part of the Second World War but I fail to see what the point of this was. Maybe it suffered from poor subtitling but I found myself wishing this was over after about half an hour. The characters were flat and unbelievable and the film lacked any pace of any just trudged along. I wish I could be more positive but, no.....give this one a miss.
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Powerful but I found it too nasty
GwydionMW19 October 2017
About death camps rather than war and takes a horribly bleak outlook. Not what that part of the war was mostly about.

I found it gratuitously nasty, because it intentionally picks on the worst aspects.

Something that is anyway perfectly well known.
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