The Cuckoo

It tells the story of a Finn, a Lapp and a Russian all bound together through misfortune at the end of World War II in a state of mutual incomprehension.

Towards the end of 1944, the Nazis were in retreat across Finland from the advancing Red Army, and the Finns who had been forced into military servitude for the Germans were either abandoned or left to fight the Russians. Veiko (Ville Haapasalo) is a Finnish sniper who has been chained to a rock by his German platoon, with a few days' rations and a rifle, and instructions to shoot as many Russians as possible before he starves to death. He is what the Russian soldiers called a Cuckoo - a sniper on a suicide mission.

While chained, he witnesses an aerial attack on a jeep containing a political officer and his prisoner from the Soviet army, Ivan (Viktor Bychkov), who has been arrested for writing supposedly subversive poetry. The officer is killed and Ivan is freed, but severely wounded.

Both are rescued and taken back to the simple reindeer farm of a young Lapp woman, Anni (Anni-Kristiina Juuso). As she nurses them back to health. To make matter worse, none understand the others language. Anni speaks Suomi, Ivan speaks only Russian and Veiko speaks Finnish.

This film transcends the mystery of tribal practices and the wilderness of nature, intertwined with the intricacy of human soul.