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Finland, 1944. The country is shaken by the Lapland War, a conflict between Germany and Finland at the height of World War 2. When Helena (Krista Kosonen), a Finnish midwife nicknamed "Wildeye", meets a Finnish-German Nazi officer, they develop a passionate relationship. Yet the trauma of war continues to haunt the officer, not to mention, the gruesome secrets hiding behind the walls of the POW camp he served at. When the turmoil of war separates the two, they both put their lives at risk to survive and find their way back to normality...
- Krista Kosonen, Lauri Tilkanen, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Tommi Korpela, Leea Klemola, Seppo Pääkkönen, Johannes Brotherus, Elina Knihtilä, Tiina Weckström, Jade Viljamaa, Ylermi Rajamaa, Armi Toivanen, Kaarina Hazard, Anneli Karppinen, Jonas Albrektas, Arturas Aleksejevas, Kristijonas Bronusas, Mindaugas Cerniauskas, Remigijus Endriukaitis, Ausra Giedraityte
- Antti Jokinen
- Jukka Helle, Milda Leipute, Markus Selin
- Voiced By:
- Kati Rausch
- Antti Jokinen, Katja Kettu
- Kätilö / The Midwife
- Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
- Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance
- Finland, Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 114 minutes
- Finnish, German
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 2.39:1
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Falling short of the target
- Finland 1944 review by LR
Finland 1944 (also known as The Midwife) sometimes succeeds in conveying the brutal chaos of WW2 and the arbitrariness of death in such conditions, but at other times the film fails because characters fail to convince. Most unfortunately, the central character, the Midwife of the title, is one of the unconvincing aspects of the film. She looks more like a 60s hippy than a hardened survivor of WW2. In many of the scenes in the Nazi camp she is able to come and go without question, which makes an escape child's play. Also unconvincing is the romance between the midwife and the German soldier with the stylish haircut.
Possibly someone who is more prepared to be indulgent than I am would get more out of the film. There is an element of the subjective involved in judging aspects of the film 'unconvincing'. But I know that I am not alone in that response. I also know that the film has been hugely popular in Finland, which is hardly surprising since few films have dealt with WW2 in that area. Two and a half stars.
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