A Week In Film #072: War

Tuntematon Sotilas (1985)
Rauni Mollberg’s 1985 colour updating of the Väinö Linna novel about Finland’s Continuation War with the Soviet Union, which proves somewhat more dour than Edvin Laine’s popular 1955 version.

Whilst many of the scenes appear to have been recreated from the earlier film virtually shot-by-shot (for example, the snowy ambush, the closing battle scene), there are some interesting divergences in the characterisation, notably making stalwart citizen-soldier Rokka less of a jester and more world-weary. I’m not sure if it’s better, but it’s definitely worth watching for comparison with its forebear.

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