Valkoinen Peura (1953)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama, Romantic Fantasy  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - Finland   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Valkoinen Peura (The White Reindeer) was Finland's entry in the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. Written, photographed and directed by Erik Blomberg, the film stars Blomberg's wife Mirijami Kuosmanen. She plays a neglected young wife who responds to her husband's coldness by venturing into the snowy wastes and transforming into a reindeer. Symbolically, every man who hunts this deer comes to a bad end. And then the husband goes a-hunting . . . . On paper, Valkoinen Peura seems ludicrous; on film, everything works beautifully. The film proved to be Finland's first international postwar success.