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Lupaus (original title)
The film tells about members of Finnish women's Lotta Service during the Second World War through the eyes of three young women.


Ilkka Vanne


Elina Halttunen (screenplay), Inkeri Kilpinen (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Birn ... Mona Moisio
Karoliina Vanne Karoliina Vanne ... Anna Moisio
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ... Helmer Moisio
Miitta Sorvali Miitta Sorvali ... Lilli Moisio
Juhani Laitala Juhani Laitala ... Oiva
Hannele Laaksonen Hannele Laaksonen ... Helmi
Turkka Mastomäki Turkka Mastomäki ... Lasse Edelman
Hannes Suominen ... Axel
Pekka Huotari Pekka Huotari ... Roope
Minna Kangas Minna Kangas ... Maija
Anja Pohjola Anja Pohjola ... Fanni Luukkonen
Aino Mankonen Aino Mankonen ... Liisa
Pia Mannisenmäki Pia Mannisenmäki ... Salme
Sanna Harju Sanna Harju ... Ikki
Tarja Matilainen Tarja Matilainen ... Kirre


The film tells about members of Finnish women's Lotta Service during the Second World War through the eyes of three young women.

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Drama | War



Official Sites:

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Release Date:

2 December 2005 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Igéret See more »


Box Office


EUR2,700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

FantasiaFilmi Oy See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot in 51 days, over 50 actors worked in this film, over 1300 extras and other people in non-speaking roles were used, had a crew of 80 - all figures much larger than in a common Finnish film. See more »


Säkkijärven polkka
Performed by Viljo Vesterinen
Arranged by Eero Lauresalo
Courtesy of Warner Music Finland Oy
Under License from Emi Music Publishing Scand AB.
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The Price of Freedom
29 July 2006 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

The Lotta Svärd organisation was a paramilitary movement that originated in Finland at the end of WWI and spread to Sweden, Denmark and Estonia. The organisation was made up of female volunteers that wanted to serve their country by supporting the armed forces in a non-combatant role. By 1944 the Finnish Lotta Svärd counted 242 000 volunteers, the largest voluntary auxiliary organisation in the world, while the total population of Finland was under four million. During World War II some 100 000 men whose jobs were taken over by Lottas, were freed for military service. The Lottas worked in hospitals, air-raid warning posts, mail delivery, morgues, transport and other auxiliary tasks in the armed forces. The Lotta Svärd organisation was considered so important for the Finnish war effort that the Soviets made the dissolution of the organisation a special point in the armistice agreement.

The film Lupaus depicts the trials and tribulations of some of these young women, focusing on the sisters Anna and Mona and their friend Ruth. They serve in different roles and face different hardships and dangers to which the Lottas were exposed.

This is thus a war film with a difference. There are plenty of films about front line soldiers and their heroism and there are even some films about the home front, but very few indeed detail the role of auxiliary services in war. Women are allowed more emotions than men and thus this film is more moving than most other war stories. It really demonstrates the high price Finland was willing to pay for its freedom.

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