Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his travel companion. Together they find reclusion in the Finnish Lapland, soon to be disturbed by a noisy group of foreign tourists and their pretentious Finnish hosts. When the hare gets ill and needs to see a vet, Vatanen must return to the city and finally face the choice between his new and former life. –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