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All you need is right here. Suden Vuosi / The Year of the Wolf (2007)

All you need is right here. Suden Vuosi / The Year of the Wolf (2007)

I must make a confession now. I have never seen any of Olli Saarela’s movies before. Rukajärven tie (Ambush) is still catching dust on my bookshelf – shame shame shame – but now I’ll watch it for sure.

Because this another one was really worth it.

Suden vuosi

Suden vuosi

Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0K_XRahja4

What is a wolf? It’s smart, strong, sometimes fierce, and perfectly lonely. This description might fit both young Sari, a gifted student and secret epileptic, and Mikko, an aging literature freak teaching at the University. They have a lot in common, indeed: secrets to hide, family’s misunderstanding, and something more than that. Craving for love that they seem to finally find in each other. Krista Kosonen is strikingly beautiful as Sari, and Kari Heiskanen resembles of Sting (you drink coffee I take tea my dear, I’m a Britishman in NY) and I wonder if this similarity was on purpose 😉

Sari - Krista Kosonen

Sari - Krista Kosonen

Kirjakaupassa

Kirjakaupassa

Then comes that Romeo and Juliet thing 🙂

What is different  from other similarly scripted movies worldwide and is somehow typical for Finnish movies, is that the conflict shows mainly in the background. While the surrounding people do the drama, the heroes stay cool… well, on the outside. What is storming inside is another pair of shoes.

Mikko - Kari Heiskanen

Mikko - Kari Heiskanen

I liked this episode when Sari instructs Mikko on how to treat her if epilepsia strikes again. She tells it smiling, as if it were a funny story, and he makes notes, a little nervous. “You will find more details on the Net of course, let me show you”. Sooo calm… I bet she must have experienced a lot of pain in her life to be able to smile like that.

sari_0047

Note the coloring: it’s intense blue every place. For instance, Helsinki is here a ghost city, with white monuments and transparent rains. Saarela admires it like a baby, and the camera keeps sliding from one sight to another. Water is dangerous blue, and so is the wolf seen by Sari prior to her attacks.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Might be a quote but I can't recall from which movie :)

Might be a quote but I can't recall from which movie 🙂

This is a movie about fear of intimacy. I mean a soul-to-soul bond.

So lonely

So lonely

And not only that…

"Just try it".

"Just try it".

The happyend does not spoil anything. A rare occasion 😀

Beauty

Beauty

Beautiful. Bravo Saarela. Four points out of five.

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