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Time Out says

If the action seems a trifle hectic early on, it's probably because an hour was trimmed for British release. But only a masochist would demand the full version of this lumbering Finnish family chronicle derived from a famous trilogy by Väinö Linna, detailing the break-up of feudal society early in the century and the farmers' fight for socialism. This dinosaur of a film played in Finland as a television serial, as well as being carved up into two features for cinema release; and the television influence shows in the relentless artificial lighting, the cramped compositions which hinder Laine's attempt to achieve an epic sweep. Occasional scenes are pretty in a picture postcard way (workers marching through snow shouting the national anthem), but it's all laboriously unreal and unimaginative.

By: GB


Release details

279 mins

Cast and crew

Edvin Laine
Väino Linna, Juha Nevalainen, Edvin Laine, Matti Kassila
Afarno Sulkanen
Risto Taulo
Titta Karakorpi
Ulla Eklund
Anja Pohjola
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