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The Cuckoo (2002)

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Original title: Kukushka

Release Date
• USA: Jul 11, 2003
• UK: 28 Nov 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 2, 2003

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country Russia

Production Companies
Kinokompaniya CTB

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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• The Cuckoo
• Kukushka (2002)

• C:CH:0

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Genre: War, Drama, Comedy, Political, World War II

Plot: September 1944. Several days before Finland, an ally of Nazi Germany, pulls out of World War II, Veiko (Ville Haapasalo), a lone Finnish sniper, is turned on by his compatriots for a being a pacifist and, in their eyes, a reluctant fighter. As a punishment, the young man is placed in shackles, nailed to a heavy rock and forced to wear a German uniform, knowing full well that Russian soldiers have orders to shoot Germans on sight, without accepting surrender. Veiko is thus left to die in a remote Lapland forest, with nothing but a few supplies and his wits. Days pass, and after several failed attempts, he succeeds in freeing himself and heads for safety, shackles still attached.

While trying to escape, Veiko witnesses the following through his rifle's telescope: Ivan (Viktor 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 carrying the disgraced captain, killing the driver and his guard. Not far away is Anni (Anni-Kristiina Juuso), a Lapp reindeer farmer whose husband was drafted into the war by the Finnish authorities four years earlier, never to return. Hungry and alone, the young and resourceful widow locates

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 Directed by
Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Blokpost, Chekist, Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty v zimniy period
 Written by
Aleksandr Rogozhkin
Osobennosti natsionalnoy politiki, Blokpost, Chekist
Anni-Kristiina Juuso
The Kautokeino Rebellion
Ville Haapasalo
Vieraalla maalla, Yövuoro, Gibel imperii
Viktor Bychkov
Turkish Gambit, Osobennosti natsionalnoy okhoty v zimniy period, Osobennosti natsionalnoy politiki
Vladimir Matveyev
Vintovaya lestnitsa
 Music By
Dmitri Pavlov
Peregon, Sapiens

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