1918 - the Finnish Civil War has just ended. The victorious Whites hunt down the remaining socialist Reds. One of the white soldiers, jaeger Aaro Harjula (Samuli Vauramo), has recently returned from Germany. The young idealist is shocked to see how a group of female red soldiers are gang-raped and then executed without a trial. An enemy soldier, Miina (Pihla Viitala) survives, and Harjula decides to take her to be court marshalled despite the objections of his superiors. The film is based on the novel Käsky by Finnish author Leena Lander: An edgy love story in the midst of the horrors of actual historical events. The newly born nation of Finland was delivered with over 40 000 victims that mainly died after the war in concentration camps and outside of the actual battlefields. Scars of the conflict still exist within the Finnish society.

Director's Statement

“In the midst of everything, man yearns for love and the good.” What is Love? What are we ready to do for it? What promises are trustworthy? Is there hope in the dark?

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aku Louhimies

Written by: Leena Lander ((novel)), Jari Olavi Rantala

Produced by: Aleksi Bardy

Cinematography: Rane Ronkanen

Main Cast: Pihla Viitala (Miina Malin), Samuli Vauramo (Aaro Harjula), Eero Aho (Emil Hallenberg)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2009