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A Summer by the River (Kuningasjätkä)

1998 | 85 min | S | comedy, drama

A Summer by the River (Kuningasjätkä) takes place in Eastern Finland in the 1950s around the events of log swimming. The father in the story loses his wife – and only father and son remain. The father (Tenho) goes with his son (Simon) for the summer to prune trees, where the work and the workers are merciless. The film beautifully depicts Finland’s summer nature, and there is also a bit of love involved when Tenho finds a new interesting woman.

The film won a fantastic five Jussi awards in the following categories: Film of the Year, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay.

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About the movie


  • environmental studies
  • finnish
  • history
  • Swedish


  • bullying
  • communication skills
  • courage
  • death
  • defeating difficulties
  • domestic
  • environmental education
  • fear
  • identity and growing
  • milieu and zeitgeist
  • nature
  • relationships
  • thought awakening

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • comedy
  • drama

Age limits

  • S


  • Jussi


  • Fennada-Filmi

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