Milka: A Film About Taboos

Milka: A Film About Taboos (1980)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1980-12-19
  • User Rating: 5.8/10 from 10 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Language: suomi
  • Production Company: Arctic-Filmi
  • Production Country: Finland
  • Director: Rauni Mollberg
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Based on a novel by the late Finnish writer Timo Mukka, this simple story focuses on what happens when Milka (Irma Huntus), a girl barely out of childhood, gets pregnant by Ojanen (Matti Turunen) a rustic fieldhand. Her own mother had been hoping to marry Ojanen, and her daughter's pregnancy turns their lives around. Set in the Lapp country of northern Finland, the scenery is breathtaking, made even more so by the isolation of the region. A sense of natural solitude is underscored by a slow-moving dialogue interspersed with long silences, and the connection between nature and the dialogue is underscored as the young Milka recites poetry while out in the countryside. The fate of Milka and her mother, however, is connected to the decision that Ojanen makes at the end.

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  • Irma Huntus

    as Milka Sierkkiniemi
  • Leena Suomu

    as Anna Sierkkiniemi
  • Matti Turunen

    as Ojanen
  • Eikka Lehtonen

    as Malmström
  • Esa Niemelä

    as Auno
  • Hellin Auvinen-Salmi

    as Villager
  • Voitto Harju

    as Villager
  • Sonja Joensuu

    as Young Milka
  • Kerttu Juusela

    as Villager
  • Toivo Lampela

    as Host of Laanila
  • Jussi Lappalainen

    as Villager
  • Tauno Lehtihalmes

    as Dean
  • Sirkka Metsäsaari

    as Hostess of Laanila
  • Anna Pesonen

    as Villager
  • Eljas Siitonen

    as Villager
  • Ulla Tapaninen

    as Ojanen's Woman Friend
  • Toivo Tuomainen

    as Villager
  • Irja Uusisalmi

    as Villager
Directing Rauni Mollberg Director
Editing Tuula Mehtonen Editor
Costume & Make-Up Eija-Leena Lehmuskallio Makeup Artist
Directing Veikko Aaltonen Assistant Director
Camera Esa Vuorinen Director of Photography
Camera Markku Lehmuskallio Director of Photography
Writing Timo K. Mukka Novel
Writing Rauni Mollberg Screenplay
Writing Jussi Niilekselä Screenplay
Writing Seppo Heinonen Screenplay
Writing Veikko Aaltonen Screenplay
Sound Johan Hake Sound
Sound Kari Rydman Original Music Composer
Art Seppo Heinonen Production Design
Camera Henrik Paersch Camera Operator
Camera Raimo Paananen Assistant Camera
Sound Seppo Anttila Sound Assistant
Editing Marjatta Niiranen Assistant Editor
Directing Ulla-Maija Alppi Script Supervisor
Sound Tuomo Kattilakoski Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Editing Antti Kokko Colorist