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In 1906, a poor farmer in the backwoods of Finland -- then part of Russia -- struggles to make a living for his wife and four children. He hears about a new law that will allow equal voting... See full summary »
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According to director Matti Kassila, the idea to film Punainen viiva (1959) came from Roland af Hällström, who already had filmed another novel (Ryysyrannan Jooseppi (1955)) by Ilmari Kianto. Punainen viiva (1959) would have been also af Hällströms project, but sadly he died during filming Lain mukaan (1956). So producer Mauno Mäkelä offered the project to Matti Kassila, who took the directorial responsibility although he didn't find the subject of the movie very close to him.
Camera's shadow is reflected on Topias when he's walking the main street with Riikka on their way to vote.