Tears of April

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Tears of April
Movie Poster
Country FIN.jpg Finland
Directed by Aku Louhimies
Release Date August 29, 2008
Language Finnish
Distributor FS Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Aaro Harjula Samuel Vauramo
Miina Malin Pihla Viitala
Emil Hallenberg Eero Aho
Eino Eemeli Louhimies

Tears of April (Finnish title: Käsky; which means Order) is a 2008 movie directed by Aku Louhimies. Set in Finland during the Civil War of 1918: The newly gained independence from Russia must be defended with weapons, a fight that divides the country into two camps - "Red" and "White." Miina Malin fights with a women's militia for the Russians, while the young soldier Aaro marches on the Finnish side. As the Red Guards around Miina fall into the hands of the Finns, Aaro has to watch helplessly as the women are first raped and then executed without trial. Only Miina survives. She will be handed over to Aaro, who is campaigning for fair treatment, and will be presented to military judge Hallenberg. On their journey together there are romantic feelings between Miina and Aaro.

The following weapons were used in the film Tears of April:



Mauser C96

Emil Hallenberg (Eero Aho) uses a German Mauser C96 pistol as his personal firearm.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
He holds his C96 pistol during the conversation with Aaro.
Another view of the pistol.
He fires at a gull.

Luger P08

The Finnish sergeant (Mikko Kouki) is briefly seen with a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
He fires the pistol at Aaro.


Mosin Nagant 1891

Red and White Guards use Mosin Nagant M91 rifles. These rifles could rather be Finnish M91-24s or P26s.

Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 3rd configuration - 7.62x54mm R.
A female Red Guard aims her rifle.
Miina chambers her Mosin Nagant.
Aaro Harjula (Samuel Vauramo) with his rifle over his back.
His rifle in the boat as Miina looks on it.
White Guards in a firing squad aim their Mosins.
Eino (Eemeli Louhimies, son of director Aku Louhimies) with Aaro's rifle.
Aaro helps him to take a shot.

Cut down M91

Emil Hallenberg owns a short Mosin Nagant rifle that he gives to Aaro Harjula.

Emil gives him the carbine.
The muzzle can be seen.
Aaro aims the carbine at the White Guard lieutenant (Janne Virtanen)...
...and fires.
Emil holds the carbine.

Mosin Nagant M91 Dragoon

Some Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifles are also used by Red including Miina (Pihla Viitala) and White Guards.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Miina aims her Dragoon rifle at White Guards.
Closer view of the Hex receiver.
An M91 Dragoon next to White Guards.
A member of the firing squad tries to unjam his rifle.
Aaro with the rifle over his back. Before and after this scene he is again seen with an Infantry M91.

Mauser Rifle

A White Guard is briefly seen with a Mauser rifle over his back.

The chamber is seen open.

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