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Calamari Union (1985)

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An exodus to a better life in Eira

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Timo Eränkö ...
Frank
Kari Heiskanen ...
Frank
Asmo Hurula ...
Frank
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Frank
Sakari Kuosmanen ...
Frank Armoton (as Saku Kuosmanen)
Dave Lindholm ...
Koditon
Mikko Mattila ...
Frank
Pate Mustajärvi ...
Frank
Tuomari Nurmio ...
Taksikuski (as Hannu Nurmio)
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ...
Frank
Matti Pellonpää ...
Frank
Pertti Sveholm ...
Frank
Martti Syrjä ...
Frank
Pantse Syrjä ...
Frank
Markku Toikka ...
Pekka
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Fourteen desperate men named Frank, band together to escape from a repressive section of Helsinki. An English-speaking non-Frank named Pekka joins the barroom conspirators, whose avoidance of last names, and any affect, help them outsmart overwhelming forces as they sneak through dark subway tunnels and alleys, hoping against despair to reach magical seaside Eira. The Calamari Unionists take advantage of unending night to venture their intrepid journey. Written by David Stevens

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Beautifully weird and funny
15 December 2004 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is the only film I have seen in cinema twice in three days. I really loved it, it being very absurd. 17 Finnish-speaking men all named Frank, and one English-speaking(quite poorly) man named Pekka are on their way to the other side of the town -Eira, the escape from the dirty streets of Helsinki (where the night never seems to end), a task that turns out to be harder than one should expect.

This is the only film Kaurismäki has made either drunk or having a hangover, and he is not satisfied with it, but that shouldn't be a reason not to see it. It is very funny, and you ought to look out for details if you get the chance to see it, one example being a woman walking out from an airport, coming right out on a small street in the city.

Lots of dangerous grins, dark sunglasses, and no problems remembering the characters names. Great!


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