The Harvest Month

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The Harvest Month

alcoholism

The Harvest Month

Release Date: June 25, 1956

Year    :   1956
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Fennada-Filmi (1950-1983)
Director    :   Matti Kassila
Producers    :   Mauno Mäkelä
Writers    :   Matti Kassila, F.E. Sillanpää
RunTime    :   94 mins.

The title of the Finnish film Elokuu translates to August. Directed by Matti Kassila, one of Finland's premiere filmmakers, Elokuu was adapted from a novel by Nobel prize winning finnish author F.E. Sillanpää. Simply put, the story concerns the decline and fall of a once-proud family, thanks to the alcoholism of its paterfamilias. Toivo Makela delivers a powerfully effective performance as the inebriated protagonist, avoiding the usual "drunken" cliches. The overlong running time, coupled with the downbeat nature of the subject, limited the film's worldwide appeal.




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