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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 01.21.10] Finland trailer news drama

I wish there was some clever The Matrix or Zardoz-like way to learn languages because I tell you, it’s a bit of a pain not being able to understand what people are saying. Thankfully, the power of cinema is that it can transcend language and the images can often be just as powerful without words. Such is the case of Kari Väänänen’s Backwood Philosopher (“Havukka-ahon ajattelija”).

Based on a novel by Finnish novelist Veikko Huovinen, it’s the story of two biologists and an uneducated but smart lumberjack who set out on a journey through the remote backwoods of eastern Finland where they explore and learn new things about science, history and human nature.

It sounds like an interesting enough story but what captured me was the gorgeous look of the film which partly reminds me of a nature special with its gorgeously lush images of nature while also having a sort of otherworldly, dream-like feel. It looks amazing.

Trailer after the break.

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