Young priest returns from America to work in an old Helsinki neighbourhood with idyllic wooden houses. The shy but handsome bachelor is assigned the duty of marriage counseling but is soon overwhelmed by the ladies’ romantic interest directed at himself. Trying to please everybody, he also creates confusion by taking both sides in the issue of whether to preserve the neighbourhood or to go along with the modernisation plans offered by property developers. — IMDB
Risto Antero Jarva (15 July 1934 – 16 December 1977) was a Finnish filmmaker.
His last film was Jäniksen vuosi (“The Year of the Hare”). He died in a car accident on his way back from a private showing of the film, and the subsequent party.
Mr. Jarva usually approached his long films and short documentary films from some social problem and from one or more possible ways to solve it. Such problems included the widespread use of cars, the position of women, city planning, pollution, the role of gossip magazines’ journalists, and the Finnish society’s remaining ideological divides.
Jarva worked as an artistic professor of the film from 1970 to 1975 and as the Helsinki Applied Arts and Industry College’s senior teacher from 1975 to 1977. —Wikipedia
Watching this and Kurosawa's Seven Samurai on the same day made me fully realize just how shitty the top finnish film directors and films were - and still are.
Every single director makes mistakes. Let this be one of them. U should c Jarva's "Kitka", "Diary of a Worker" or "One Man's War". And if u really like cinema u might even try to c Mikko Niskanen tv-series "Eight Deadly Shots" (1972). What would be left of world cinema if one compare all the films to Kurosawa's 7 samurai... Anyway, there's so much more to discover.