There are generally two types of war films, the other is the patriotic type where the soldiers are glorified for their sacrifices and exploits, and the other type shows the war as a meaningless destruction and sheer madness. There are also combinations of these two types but Manillaköysi still does not anyhow belong to either type: one little acknowledged side of the war still remains that completely defies either category, and that is 'war as a wicked human experience'.
The frame of Manillaköysi is the Finland-Soviet war of 1941-44. The movie does not contain actual battle scenes, or actually it does depending on who you want to believe, but it contains some small events or little stories. The cast is however way too old to represent actual frontline men, but that does not matter for the events that take place are just exhilariating. You just don't often see realist dramas that are funnier than many comedies.
Manillaköysi is based on Veijo Meri's novel of the same name, and both the film and novel were once very popular in Finland. There are some truly memorable lines uttered, like "Man is never forgiven" and "there's nothing supernatural about war, it's just one work like anything else". The only star that is missing from the highest score is due to the fact that this is an adaptation and not an original movie story.
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