- General info
In the winter of 1939 - 40, tiny Finland held back the might of the Soviet army which stormed Finland's borders with massive tank and artillery firepower, a large air force and well armed infantry. The war continued relentlessly for 105 days, in extreme conditions, through an exceptionally cold and hostile winter. Against all the odds the Finns held strong and this historic battle has come to be known as the Finnish Miracle.
- Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen, Antti Raivio, Esko Kovero, Martti Suosalo, Markku Huhtamo, Matti Onnismaa, Konsta Mäkelä, Tomi Salmela, Samuli Edelmann, Vesa Mäkelä, Aarno Sulkanen, Kari Kihlström
- Pekka Parikka
- Pekka Parikka, Antti Tuuri
- Finland, Drama
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 122 minutes
- DVD Regions:
- Region 0 (All)
- Aspect Ratio:
- Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
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- The Winter War review by CV
I chose this film as I had recently visited the National Museum in Helsinki on holiday. There was a special section in it on the modern history of Finland where the Winter War had followed a civil war during the end of World War I. The Winter War, of 105 days if I remember, saw the heroic thwarting of Soviet Russia's invasion by a much smaller army of Finnish soldiers and much less equipped.
The film follows the fortunes of a family and and associated friends based on actual recorded material from letters and memoires. The film, after the initial volunteering, is all trench action and long distance shots of explosions and carnage. After a while I began to feel the show of carnage and variety of death was more consciously for technical show and designed more to shock rather than tell a more objective account. It does become rather tedious and repetitive and wished there had been more political and military background information. There are some scenes of leave which do relieve the action but perhaps not enough.
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