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Borrowing Matchsticks (1980)

Za spichkami (original title)
In Eastern Finland, in Liperi to be exact, Anna-Liisa Ihalainen asks her husband Antti to get some matches from the Ihalainen household. Unfortunately that trip takes a little longer than expected.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evgeniy Leonov ... Antti Ihalainen
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ... Jussi Vatanen
Rita Polster Rita Polster ... Anna-Liisa Ihalainen
Ritva Valkama Ritva Valkama ... Miina Sormunen
Georgiy Vitsin ... Tahvo Kenonen, tailor
Galina Polskikh ... Kaisa Karhutar
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Constable Torvelainen
Leo Lastumäki Leo Lastumäki ... Mulon Partanen
Pekka Autiovuori Pekka Autiovuori ... Turtiainen
Olavi Ahonen Olavi Ahonen ... Ville Huttunen
Sergey Filippov ... Hyvärinen
Nina Grebeshkova ... Hyvärinen's wife
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Police chief
Vera Ivleva ... Anna-Kaisa Hyvärinen
Martti Pennanen Martti Pennanen ... Blacksmith (as M. Pennanen)
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In Eastern Finland, in Liperi to be exact, Anna-Liisa Ihalainen asks her husband Antti to get some matches from the Ihalainen household. Unfortunately that trip takes a little longer than expected.

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Country:

Soviet Union | Finland

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

18 January 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Matches See more »

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Budget:

FIM2,987,770 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mosfilm, Suomi-Filmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Last film directed by Risto Orko who hadn't directed a feature film since 1943. See more »

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Featured in Suomi-Filmin tarina: Sotien vuodet 1939-1943 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Chert te chto i sboku bantik
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Evgeniy Leonov and Vyacheslav Nevinnyy
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An unknown gem
6 March 2014 | by irene_woodheadSee all my reviews

Set in nineteenth-century Finland, this is situational comedy at its absolute best. A grumpy village wife sends her husband to borrow some matches from their next-lake neighbor. On his way, the poor fellow meets an old drinking buddy and gets completely sidetracked, forgetting all about the task at hand in order to help his friend marry the girl of his dreams (which he ultimately does in the end - never mind it's a totally different girl). A bitter-sweet confusion follows, resulting in a drunken brawl, a prison sentence, a ship sinking on its way to America, several weddings being arranged then called off, finally culminating in the hero's own "funeral". Side-splitting but done with great taste and style.

The film - and the novel of the same name it's based on - offer a rare sympathetic glimpse into the life of rural 19th-century Finland. The movie succeeds in conveying the novel's biggest strength: its characters, uneducated but amazing men and women whose simple hearts are bursting with love and hope. A rare gem worthy of being on the "Best ever" list.


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