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Tears of April (2008)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 582 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 29 August 2008 (Finland)
  • Runtime: France:110 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Finland:115 min
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  • IMDb page: Tears of April (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 582 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 29 August 2008 (Finland)
  • Runtime: France:110 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Finland:115 min
  • Filming Location: Brinkhall Manor, Kakskerta, Turku, Finland
  • Budget: €1,500,000(estimated)
  • Director: Aku Louhimies
  • Stars: Samuel Vauramo, Pihla Viitala and Eero Aho
  • Original Music By: Pessi Levanto   
  • Soundtrack: Jääkärimarssi
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Humanity On Trial | Execution Squad | Rape | Jail Cell | One Word Title

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Leena Lander  novel
  • Jari Rantala  screenplay (as Jari Olavi Rantala)

Known Trivia

    Story:

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Aleksi Bardy known as producer
    • George Charalambides known as co-producer
    • Olli Haikka known as executive producer
    • Riina Hyytiä known as executive producer
    • Christine Ioannou known as co-producer
    • Aku Louhimies known as co-producer
    • Nikos Moutselos known as co-producer
    • Axel Möbius known as co-producer (as Axel Moebius)
    • Ella Piesala known as line producer
    • Annika Sucksdorff known as associate producer
    • Christoph Thoke known as co-producer
    • Riin Urbanik known as associate producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Samuel Vauramo known as Aaro Harjula
    • Pihla Viitala known as Miina Malin
    • Eero Aho known as Emil Hallenberg
    • Eemeli Louhimies known as Eino
    • Miina Maasola known as Martta
    • Riina Maidre known as Beata Hallenberg
    • Sulevi Peltola known as Konsta
    • Oskar Pöysti known as Paasonen
    • Mikko Kouki known as Vääpeli
    • Janne Virtanen known as Jääkäriluutnantti
    • Robert Hedengren known as Valkokaartilainen
    • Viktor Idman known as Valkokaartilainen
    • Miska Kaukonen known as Valkokaartilainen
    • Ilkka Heiskanen known as Frans Rapola
    • Riitta Salminen known as Saara Rapola
    • Ella Aho known as Viena Rapola
    • Akseli Kouki known as Vilho Rapola
    • Joonatan Perälä known as Samuel Rapola
    • Sara Paavolainen known as Orpokodin johtajatar
    • Vieno Saaristo known as Orpokodin hoitajatar
    • Anne Autio known as Orpokodin hoitajatar
    • Susanna Aho known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Marjukka Erälinna known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Janna Haavisto known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Salla Hakanpää known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Sofia Kotoulias known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Emmi Leeve known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Terhi Nieminen known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Iida-Maija Ojanen known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Mira Rautio known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Katja Räty known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Maiju Saarinen known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Nina Salminen known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Pauliina Salonius known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Anna-Sofia Sysser known as Punakaartilaisnainen
    • Reino Nordin known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Kimmo Rasila known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Kari Kuittinen known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Jarmo Altis known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Juha Antikainen known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Mika Irenius known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Miikka Kanerva known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Kalle Karttunen known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Antti Laine known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Markku Lentonen known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Jari Nurminen known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Pekka Tetri known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Aleksi Tilli known as Vartija kartanolla
    • Carl Alm known as Vanki
    • Matti Ristinen known as Vanki
    • Markku Tuulenkari known as Vanki
    • Otto Ahonius known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Felix Eurasto known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Vincent Eurasto known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Markus Haapasaari known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Elli Heikkinen known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Feeliks Kilpi known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Carla Korkeaniemi known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Nico Korkeaniemi known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Alma Louhimies known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Joonas Olkkonen known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Totti Pajamäki known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Kia Sundberg known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Santeri Tolonen known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Sonja Tolonen known as Lapsi orpokodissa
    • Otto Vanhatalo known as Lapsi orpokodissa

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Jenni Aejmelaeus known as assistant makeup artist
    • Kelly Jürgensson known as assistant makeup artist
    • Minna Pilvinen known as hair stylist
    • Pauliina Salonius known as hair stylist
    • Riikka Virtanen known as makeup designer
    • Tiina Winter known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • David Baudouin known as assistant property master
    • Agneta Fellman known as props assistant
    • Sampo Hagelberg known as swing gang
    • Alpo Halonen known as swing gang
    • Ilmari Hiito known as swing gang
    • Heikki Hämäläinen known as assistant property master
    • Risto Hämäri known as special props
    • Tommi Isojärvi known as assistant property master (as Tommy Isojärvi)
    • Kati Jaura known as property master
    • Aku Korhonen known as swing gang
    • Kata Mälkki known as swing gang
    • Anna Niskanen known as props
    • Ilpo Nurmi known as weapon props
    • Sari Nurminen known as props assistant
    • Johanna Penttinen known as props: animal related
    • Markku Pätilä known as set designer
    • Kalle Ruohola known as set assistant
    • Jukka Salminen known as storyboard artist
    • Annika Salonen known as props
    • Kimi Seppänen known as property master
    • Kimi Seppänen known as weapon props
    • Teemu Tanner known as swing gang
    • Juha-Matti Toppinen known as props assistant (as Juha Matti Toppinen)
    • Timo Tuomas known as graphic designer
    • Susanna Turkkila known as props: animal related
    • Jukka Viinikainen known as special props
    • Maria Ylätupa known as assistant set designer

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Helsinki Filmi Oy
    • Mogador Film
    • Two Thirty Five

    Other Companies:

    • Broadcast Text  translation
    • Digital Film Finland Oy  post-production facilities
    • EDL Company  post-production facilities
    • Eurimages  funding
    • Filmnoir  post-production
    • Finnlab  film lab
    • Generator Post  post-production facilities
    • Kansallisarkisto  research material
    • Käpylän Yhdyskuntaklubi ry  catering
    • Media  funding
    • Meguru Film Sound  sound post-production
    • Milform  weapons
    • Neomusic studio  music mixing
    • Niinisalon ratsastajat  animal related props
    • Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond  funding
    • Pilgrim Oy  publicity
    • Roolituspalvelu Oy  casting
    • Safety & Security Trainers  safety
    • Sotamuseo  research material
    • Suomen Elokuvasäätiö  funding
    • Turun seudun tiepalvelupiiri  traffic control
    • Vuosaaren venekerho  boats
    • Waltic  boats
    • YLE M1 studio  music recording
    • Yleisradio (YLE)  funding
    • Ypäjän hevosopisto  special props
    • ZDF/Arte  funding

    Distributors:

    • Alcine Terran (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • FS Film Oy (2008) (Finland) (all media)
    • Venusfilm (2009) (Germany) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Filminor
    • KFX

    Visual Effects by:

    • Giuseppe Di Giorgio known as digital post-production
    • Risto Jankkila known as visual effects
    • Anna Konttinen known as post-production effects
    • Lauri Laasik known as visual effects
    • Olli Leppänen known as visual effects
    • Ervin Makko known as visual effects (as Erwin Makko)
    • Antti Peltoranta known as visual effects
    • Ville-Matti Vasama known as visual effects
    • Martti Ylöstalo known as post-production effects

    Release Date:

    • France 18 May 2008 (Cannes Marche de Film)
    • Finland 22 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
    • Finland 29 August 2008
    • Germany 30 October 2008 (Nordische Filmtage Lübeck)
    • Germany 7 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • France 19 March 2009 (Rouen Nordic Film Festival)
    • Hong Kong 2 April 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • USA 4 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • Germany 3 September 2009
    • USA October 2009 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
    • Japan 30 October 2010 (Finland Film Festival in Japan)
    • Japan 7 May 2011

    ..

     
     

    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , .

    4 Comments

    1. Ville T (j.jameson@hotmail.com) from Finland
      30 Mar 2012, 11:47 pm

      Taking place in the Finlands civil war, "whites vs reds", a womansoldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to beexecuted, but saved by an idealistic soldier. Together they begin ajourney to face the field court, which becomes the main stage for thedrama.

      All the acting is done with care. Main characters played by Vauramo andViitala are easy to relate to. Eero Aho is also quite impressive in therole of judge Hallenberg, a talented writer whose ideology is ruined bythe war. Judge Hallenberg is easy to see as the most interestingcharacter in the movie, its up to viewer to decide if hes good or bad.Also a side role of sergeant-major played by Mikko Kouki is worthmentioning for. He seems to be just the right person to play thischaracter representing absolute moral decay of war.

      As Im not the biggest fan of finnish movies I was not expecting muchbut Käsky (translation:order) really impressed me. Director AkuLouhimiehi is one of the top directors in finnish movie and I'd sayKäsky might really be his best work. The overall mood in the movie is abit tense, usually dramatic piano and string music playing. Greatfilming and good nature shots make it exceptionally beautiful. Thescript has just the right twist to keep the viewer entertained. Ireally enjoyed Käsky for the philosophical side of it, thought some ofthe viewers might find this movie too shocking.

      9/10

    2. rabbe from Finland
      30 Mar 2012, 11:47 pm

      The premise (see other reviews) could be set in any civil war situationand as such could be made into a workable movie. This film, however,has a few problems. For the domestic Finnish audience the film isfrustrating because of the many historical inaccuracies, which, 90years after the civil war, still make many people angry. For aninternational audience, the film has problems on other levels. It oftenfeels unnecessary slow-paced and drawn-out. Sometimes you had thefeeling the director was so in love with some of the shots that hecould not let them go on the cutting floor despite ruining the pacingof the movie. The nude an homosexual themes also feel "mandatory" – Ialmost wanted to shout out "not again!" during the press showing. Thefilm is competently photographed and scored, and has a professionalfeel. Mr Louhimies also presented himself as a nice and affable manduring the press showing, and I wish everything good to him. He will bea great director. This film, however, won't be remembered as his best.

    3. vainoni from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 11:47 pm

      I came to this movie fairly ignorant of its historical basis. Iapproached "Kasky"as a (half)-Finnish-American wanting to add a fewFinnish movies to my collection and perhaps learn something of mythousands-of-miles-distant heritage. ("Talvisota" and "The UnknownSoldier," both excellent and accurate war films, were obtained in thesame mail package.) While "Kasky" ("Order") can't be described ashistorically accurate, it is very effective as a film about war crimes,the human struggle, order (of course) and chaos.

      Another reviewer called most of the movie "soft porn," and I have torespectfully disagree: there is quite a bit of sex in this movie, butthe sex is a meant to be a tool used to break down or dominate people,not as titillation. It is rare for a movie that has two of its maincharacters raped during its running time to maintain any semblance ofdignity, but "Kasky" manages it.

      The acting is wonderfully naturalistic and the production is above mycriticism. (The Finnish countryside is gorgeous, so I understand thedirector's desire to linger occasionally…) Even the child actors aregreat. "Kasky" may not be the most brilliant movie in the world (oreven the most brilliant Finnish movie), but the fact that it createsorder out of chaos and hope out of torture makes it piercing, sad andeven a little profound. "Kasky" may be revised history, but it hasn'tbeen Hollywoodized at all. Recommended for all but children, Puritansand the faint of heart.

    4. Shaolin_Apu from Seinäjoki, Finland
      30 Mar 2012, 11:47 pm

      Well most of this movie is soft porn. In fact the name of the filmshould be Levottomat 7 or something similar, this is the same stuffagain but now in some historically motivated context. Unfortunately theactors in main roles had read their history lessons much better thanthe script writer or anyone in the production team.

      The movie represents a white side soldier who, despite being clearly aNazi, suddenly starts to feel pity when the evil whites shoot atunarmed and barely dressed ladies. He decides to save the one goodlooking one. It is a factual mistake that the man is given a rank ofPrivate, despite being a Jaeger trained in Germany. Absolutely none ofthe Jaegers in the Civil War served as mere Privates, even the oneswith bad physical condition were promoted to at least to the rank ofCorporal.

      Another thing that I quite wondered was the Judge's Russian wife, whowasn't familiar with German language at all even if she could playBeethoven numbers by request. The academical Russians of the early 20thcentury knew German rather well. The same wife character could be abark at the modern custom of having a Russian wife, whom the writerpresents as a rather lustful Lady.

      Nothing new really in this one, except that it's the least storyconveying good vs bad juxtaposition for a while.

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