Despite winning the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, a Finnish glass designer returns to Helsinki with a bad case of burnout. His psychiatrist recommends taking a few weeks off and seeing...
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Despite winning the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale, a Finnish glass designer returns to Helsinki with a bad case of burnout. His psychiatrist recommends taking a few weeks off and seeing the Finnish countryside. Over a few sunny days and light-filled nights around the Midsummer, our hero enjoys the company of a mysterious tramp bearing surprising resemblance to his psychiatrist, and gradually falls in love with a beautiful female student crossing his path in several places because of her summer job as a tour bus guide. Written by
A glass artist is having a burn out. He goes to see a psychiatrist, who tells him that he should take a leave. The glass artist jumps into his car and start cruising around the country side. He runs into different kind of phenomena of the Finnish culture, meets an odd tramp, who becomes to his friend and falls in love with a girl. In the end of the film the tramp has become rich, the glass artist and the girl are married, but the glass artist is having another burn out...
Lasisydän (Heart of Glass) is absolutely one of the greatest films that has ever been made in the Finnish cinema. It is an absurd comedy, a love story and a buddy movie at the same time. But it is a tremendous shame that this masterpiece by Matti Kassila is so little known even in Finland. But if you get a change to watch this film, so do it! You can also admire how Toivo Mäkelä is giving one of his greatest performances playing both the psychiatrist and the tramp.
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