Saturday, May 16, 2009

Muuttolinnun aika

Flyttfågelns tid / [A Bird of Passage] / Katja's Autumn. FI 1991. PC: Reppufilmi. P: Petra Tarjanne. D+SC: Anssi Mänttäri. DP: Heikki Katajisto. M: Asko Mänttäri. ED: Timo Linnasalo. CAST: Antti Litja (Ossi Eerola), Hanna Manu (Katja), Kari Heiskanen (Pekka), Liisa Halonen (Merja), Tarja Markus (Mirjami). 94 min. A KAVA print viewed at Cinema Orion, 16 May 2009. In the presence of Timo Linnasalo, interviewed by Markku Varjola. - A print with good definition of light and colour. - The editor Timo Linnasalo gave us an account of the Reppufilmi company. "I participated in ca 15 productions of Anssi Mänttäri, including for tv the Jorma Laine series and the Hanhivaara series. Anssi never shot too much footage." - Revisited the story of a daughter who is growing up and a father who lost her in a divorce long ago. Perfect strangers, they hardly get to know another. - This is a comedy of embarrassment. The daddy's miserable collection of records. The photo album which becomes empty after the divorce. - The neighbours with their hidden secret, which is revealed in the beginning: their baby has incurable cancer. - It is surprising that this film seems clearly better now than then, there is nothing trivial in it. - A fine, strong scene where the restaurant boss tries to pressure the young Katja into sex, and she holds her own. - After many blunders Ossi is on the verge of getting to know Katja, but when he comes home there is a letter to him: "You will never learn anyway".

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