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on 13 November 2004
This is a strange film. About a love triangle between a Finn, A Russian and a Lapp, none of whom speak each others language. Set in WWII it is unclear whether in 1940 or 1944. I found the beginning quite confusing as if a few minutes had been cut from the very start. I think it helps to know that some German soldiers have captured a Finn sniper and leave him in no mans land dressed in a SS uniform so he cannot surrender to the Russians. The main focus of the film is not the war, this is just a device to get the 3 protaganists together. The film is very gentle and I loved the female lead Anny Kristiine Juuso, if she is any other films I need to see more. She is cute yet also very sexual. The only problem apart from the start is the strange sexual moaning of the actress which is (unintentionally?) comic and the rather unsatisfactory pen-ultimate scene when the russian and finn soldiers leave our lapp heroine. No sex scenes or nudity so don't waste your money if that is what you want but it is gently erotic and funny.
Why thrice a cuckoo?
1. a cuckoo is a name for a sniper
2. a cuckoo doesn't bring up its own young
3. the heroines name is cuckoo
Could have been a 5 with a little more, made in a hurry and it shows a little, one of the few films I have seen that needs more, rather than editing down.
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