Pojat | The Boys – Classic of the month

Ala-Malmin tori 1, 00700 Helsinki
Malmitalo

The Boys (Pojat) (1962) is Mikko Niskanen’s mature debut film, and it is still considered one of his best.

The Boys (Pojat) (1962) is Mikko Niskanen’s mature debut film, and it is still considered one of his best.

Niskanen’s later masterpieces include Skin, Skin (Käpy selän alla) (1966) and the TV series Eight Deadly Shots (Kahdeksan surmanluotia) (1972).

The film is based on Paavo Rintala’s novel of the same name, which depicted the writer’s personal memories of attitudes towards the war and German soldiers among boys in Oulu.

The Boys was made in the early 1960s when the war and its effects at the national and individual level were still fresh in the memory. The long presence of German soldiers is particularly well remembered in Oulu: The city of 25,000 inhabitants had up to 4,000 Germans in the peak times.

The central character in the story is Jake, who faces hardships during the war. The role went to 17-year-old Vesa-Matti Loiri, who gave an extremely moving performance and also did a dangerous stunt at the end of the film. Loiri was a great find and received the Jussi Honorary Book award for young actor.

Duration: 100 min
No age limit
Free entry

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