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A Summer by the River

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Director  Markku Polonen
Budget  6.275 million FIM
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Country  Finland
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  Vesa Makinen
Writer  Markku Polonen
Language  Finnish
A Summer by the River movie poster
Release date  February 9, 1998
Initial release  February 9, 1998 (Joensuu)
Cast  Pertti Koivula (Tenho), Simo Kontio (Topi), Esko Nikkari (Hannes), Anu Palevaara (Hilkka), Peter Franzén (Kottarainen), Sulevi Peltola (Puukko)
Similar movies  Esko Nikkari appears in A Summer by the River and Juha
Tagline  A Summer by the River

A Summer by the River (Finnish: Kuningasjätkä) is a 1998 Finnish film written and directed by Markku Pölönen. The film is set in the 1950s Finland and tells the story of father Tenho (Pertti Koivula) and son Topi (Simo Kontio) after Tenho's wife — Topi's mother — dies and leaves the two men unable to pay rent. The two men move out of the family home and spend the summer working as lumberjacks, sleeping on the river bank and growing closer together through the experience.

The film was a major success at the 1999 Jussi Awards winning in five categories including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Direction. The film was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Cast and characters

  • Pertti Koivula — Tenho
  • Simo Kontio — Topi
  • Esko Nikkari — Hannes
  • Anu Palevaara — Hilkka
  • Peter Franzén — Kottarainen
  • References

    A Summer by the River Wikipedia
    A Summer by the River IMDb A Summer by the River themoviedb.org


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