The Matriarch (2007)


The Matriarch (2007)
Lieksa! (original title)

The heart of the film is the Koppelo family. Worn out after a number of travels, but united and strong, this family is proud of their history. They have their share of misfortunes but never stop believing in themselves: We are not just any gang of vagabonds; we are part of world history! Members of the Koppelo family were once court tailors for Nicholas II of Russia. The Finnish family sewed all the beautiful wedding gowns and lace dresses familiar from photos of the Czar´s family. When the Russian revolution started, Sofia, one of the ancestresses of the family and Nicholas II´s last mistress, fled to Finland with her out-of-wedlock son, her sisters and their families. They crossed the frozen Gulf of Finland and ended up in Terijoki, a small town in the south-eastern Finland that now belongs to Russia.Accused of being Bolshevists, the family fled the Finnish Civil War to Europe. Years passed, and the family spread throughout the United States and Southern Europe. In 1970s, part of ...
IMDb   5.5 /10
TheMovieDb    6.0 /10
Director Markku Pölönen
Writer Markku Pölönen
Release Date2007-09-14
Runtime1h 30mins
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
Awards2 nominations.
CompanySuomen Filmiteollisuus
Sanna-Kaisa Palo
Sanna-Kaisa Palo
Niccolo / Otto
Tatu Siivonen
Tatu Siivonen
Tuomas Uusitalo
Tuomas Uusitalo
Toni Wahlström
Toni Wahlström
Kaarina Turunen
Kaarina Turunen
Lotta Lehtikari
Lotta Lehtikari
Elina Knihtilä
Elina Knihtilä
Emma Piitulainen
Emma Piitulainen
Puntti Valtonen
Puntti Valtonen
Ismo Apell
Ismo Apell
Jali Nappi
Janne Reinikainen
Janne Reinikainen

The Matriarch

The Matriarch (Finnish: Lieksa!) is a 2007 Finnish comedy-drama film written, directed and edited by Markku Pölönen and produced by the Pölönen-owned film production company Suomen Filmiteollisuus.


Martta (Sanna-Kaisa Palo) and Otto (Heikki Kinnunen) are a pair of traveling tailors who claim to be bastard descendants of the Romanovs and wander from town to town in Finland seeking work, accompanied by their two half-witted adult sons, Hippo (Tuomas Uusitalo), Repe (Tatu Siivonen) and equally silly son-in-law Ventti (Toni Wahlström). The family occasionally turns to crime when they can't quite make ends meet, and the boys begin turning to violence with greater frequency when Otto weakens and Martta becomes the head of the family business. Their fortunes take an unexpected turn when the brothers assault and abduct a man they call Kasper (Samuli Vauramo), who becomes the family's sidekick in their travels. Despite Kasper's inability to speak, he attracts Martta's youngest daughter, an attractive young woman named Lara (Jenni Banerjee), but the family is in disarray when a long-lost half-brother, Laszlo (Peter Franzén), suddenly re-emerges and tries to wrest control of the clan away from his mother.


  • Peter Franzén - Laszlo
  • Sanna-Kaisa Palo - Martta
  • Samuli Vauramo - Kasper
  • Jenni Banerjee - Lara
  • Heikki Kinnunen - Niccolo/Otto
  • Toni Wahlström - Ventti
  • Lotta Lehtikari - Veera
  • Elina Knihtilä - Roosa
  • Puntti Valtonen - Jori
  • Janne Reinikainen - Lutku
  • Heikki Hela - Mojo


The soundtrack includes the song "While Your Lips are Still Red" by Tuomas Holopainen and Marco Hietala.

External links

  • The Matriarch at IMDb