Title: Once Upon a Time in the North AKA: -- Year: 2012 Original title: Härmä Runtime: 2 hours, 8 minutes Country: Finland Language: Finnish Subtitles: English (.srt) Genre: Drama
Director: Jukka-Pekka Siili
Cast Mikko Leppilampi ... Esko Välitalo Satu Helena Mikkelinen ... Notaarin vaimo (as Satu Mikkelinen) Pamela Tola ... Aino Kantola Kari Hietalahti ... Vallesmanni Jukka-Pekka Siili ... Photographer (as JP Siili) Aku Hirviniemi ... Kalle Lauri Tilkanen ... Matti Välitalo Esko Salminen ... Antti Välitalo Eero Milonoff ... Häjy Koskela Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ... Notaari Kustaa Harri J. Rantala ... Juhani Kantola Panu Mikkola ... Hevoskauppias Olavi Uusivirta ... Häjy Lehto Taneli Mäkelä ... Sakari Kantola Hennariikka Laaksola ... Kaisa Kantola
Plot / Synopsis
19th century drama set on the plains of Ostrobothnia, western Finland, which are controlled by groups of knife-wielding thugs, the toughs. Traditionally, the first-born son inherits everything, so when Esko – a bum and a gang leader – learns that his father will leave the Välitalo estate to his younger and exemplary brother, all hell breaks loose.
Härmä is a family drama. The ageing master of the farm Antti Välitalo observes with dismay that his oldest son Esko has become a no good scoundrel and writes a controversial will bequeathing the farm to his younger son Matti. Esko murders his father, seizes both copies of the will, banishes Matti, destroys by arson the tar storage of his neighbour Sakari Kantola and pressures his daughter Aino, Matti's fiancée, to become his. Follows another example of the cinema's obsession with the cancelled wedding. The climax of the movie is a blood wedding, crashed by Matti, and heading to a knife duel between the brothers. The whole village, who has had enough of Esko's rampage, has come to support Matti. ~ Antti Alanen