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The Redemption (1997)

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"The Redemption". In a small village in Eastern Finland in 1918, Patrick, who has taken care of the chaplain, teacher and physician, has been filled with loneliness and brutal spirit of work for five years.

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Olli Saarela
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Kari Heiskanen Kari Heiskanen ... Chaplain Patrick Sillman
Jussi Puhakka Jussi Puhakka ... Red Prisoner
Jussi Lehtonen Jussi Lehtonen ... Sulo
Robert Enckell ... Captain Gilbert Sillman
Rauno Juvonen ... Alfrantti
Jari Hietanen Jari Hietanen ... Laapotti
Tanjalotta Räikkä Tanjalotta Räikkä ... Laapotti's Wife
Eero Milonoff ... Uima Laapotti
Eetu Hilkamo Eetu Hilkamo ... Antto Laapotti
Tom Wentzel Tom Wentzel ... Hans Köttner
Ville Virtanen ... Kohva
Petri Manninen Petri Manninen ... Vilonen
Minna Pirilä Minna Pirilä ... Red
Raimo O. Niemi Raimo O. Niemi ... Stancu
Jevgeni Haukka Jevgeni Haukka ... Volodja
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"The Redemption". In a small village in Eastern Finland in 1918, Patrick, who has taken care of the chaplain, teacher and physician, has been filled with loneliness and brutal spirit of work for five years.

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Competent, but wholly unremarkable
27 March 2008 | by ccscd212See all my reviews

The basic idea is workable: a priest/teacher caught between two warring side: his brother is a "white", while his whole township is "red". Kari Heiskanen is quite good as the Christ-like priest, though it often seems as if he stays in one (sullen) mode throughout the whole film. The townspeople (and the reds and the whites) are portrayed with little depth. There's a madman, a drunk, etc-- each not much more than a plot device. Heiskanen's priest's brother is hardly a more rounded character: quite ruthless with one redeeming moment. The film's surprise comes as a young red doesn't act like you would expect him to, to him the priest stands for exactly what's wrong with the system, despite his humane qualities.

Technically, the film is adequate with an authentic enough feel. Still, very little in the picture is remarkable. Some interesting ideas, sure, but they aren't developed in a way that would hoist the film above the countless similar movies about war in the world.


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Country:

Finland | Sweden

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Release Date:

25 April 1997 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Frälsningen See more »

Filming Locations:

Espoo, Finland See more »

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FIM2,808,823 (estimated)
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