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Once Upon a Time in the North (2012)

Härmä (original title)
On the West Coast on Finland in nineteenth-century Ostrobothnia. Esko is the leader of a local gang of troublemakers and an uneven battle ensues over the estate, honor a father's last wishes.

Director:

Jukka-Pekka Siili (as JP Siili)

Writer:

Jukka-Pekka Siili (as JP Siili)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauri Tilkanen ... Matti Välitalo
Mikko Leppilampi ... Esko Välitalo
Pamela Tola ... Aino Kantola
Aku Hirviniemi ... Kalle
Eero Milonoff ... Häjy Koskela
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Antti Välitalo
Lena Meriläinen Lena Meriläinen ... Maria Välitalo
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Sakari Kantola
Olavi Uusivirta Olavi Uusivirta ... Häjy Lehto
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ... Notaari Kustaa
Kari Hietalahti ... Vallesmanni
Ali Ahovaara Ali Ahovaara ... Häjy Valtteri
Teemu Kettula Teemu Kettula ... Häjy Vanhala
Toni Ikola Toni Ikola ... Häjy Hietanen
Pia Latomäki Pia Latomäki ... Sylvi Kantola
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On the West Coast on Finland in nineteenth-century Ostrobothnia. Esko is the leader of a local gang of troublemakers and an uneven battle ensues over the estate, honor a father's last wishes.

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Perfectly shot beautiful film which lacks substance and strong script.
31 December 2014 | by ernestiSee all my reviews

Missed this one when it ran in the cinemas and after having seen this on TV, I don't regret ever paying anything for the pleasure. It is just as bland and simple as a finnish film can be and I don't wonder why these films never make an international success. They're just damn boring to watch as they make the plots so simple and everything is given away in the very beginning. Sure we Finns aren't complicated people so we can't write complicated plots.

The male lead actor is just one perfect example of a male model who went into acting and never forgot to how to pose. Unfortunately this time it wasn't a photo-shoot for the catalog. Matti's just bland and vague just like most of the characters in this film. Maybe it's the lack of direction, lack of script or something else, but these characters don't seem too genuine for me.

All that combined with lots of running around endlessly, trying different ways to accomplish the ultimate goal just makes the film a tiring 120 minute experience. It's a classic example of a film that favors style over substance. No heart, not too much passion just business as usual.

Of course technically it's perfectly shot and the production values are high. It's just a pity that it isn't as good as it could be.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Egyszer régen, Északon See more »

Filming Locations:

Laihia, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,670,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,721,942
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Yellow Film & TV See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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