The Cuckoo

Genre:  Drama, Family
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: September 5, 2003
DVD: December 2, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.76
based on 118 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov

Synopsis

Several days before Finland, an ally of Nazi Germany, pulls out of World War II, Veiko (Haapasalo), a Finnish sniper, is turned on by his compatriots for being a pacifist. They shackle him and nail the shackles to a heavy rock after putting a German uniform on him, knowing that Russian soldiers have orders to shoot Germans on sight.

Days pass, and after several failed attempts, he succeeds in freeing himself and runs, shackles still attached. Ivan (Bychkov), a captain in the Russian army accused of anti-Soviet correspondence, is being held prisoner by the Soviet Military secret police.

En route to his court martial, Russian planes accidentally bomb the vehicle while carrying the disgraced captain, killing the driver and his guard. Anni (Juuso), a farmer and a war widow, locates the bodies of Ivan and his captors while foraging for food. As she begins to bury the dead, she discovers that Ivan is still alive.

She carries him back to her hut to try to save his life. Meanwhile, Veiko, in search of tools to remove his shackles, stumbles upon Anni’s farm.

Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Sergei Selyanov
Screenplay: Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/thecuckoo/

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  • 5 stars "Starts bit slowly and then it gets very funny.. must watch movie.. the girl stole the show.."