Young priest returns from America to work in an old Helsinki neighbourhood with idyllic wooden houses. The shy but handsome bachelor is assigned the duty of marriage counseling but is soon ... See full summary »
Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his ... See full summary »
Magazine editor Jussi and his girlfriend Leena, an airline stewardess, share an apartment with Jussi's sister Eeva. During a fashion shoot Jussi meets Telle, a professional model who has ... See full summary »
Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.
Semi-fictitious biopic of Finnish poet Eino Leino, made with a large budget to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The film concentrates on his relationships with first wife Freya... See full summary »
A group of UNESCO researchers comes to Finland to observe the culture and Midsummer traditions. The team (Eino Krohn, Ismo Kallio and Numidia Vaillant) travels around encountering various people and habits, and soon develop a personal relationship to the country with the help of a couple of lovely women.
The film was originally an attempt to create more meaningful Finnish cinema than the usual comedies and melodramas. It's also a quasi-outsider's look to Finland, since it is all Finnish-made but presents the country as something strange and foreign. The narrator's lines are rather old-fashioned and literary as if the film was an old documentary, probably intentionally although it also adds a hint of pretension to the mix. The many blue-tinted night (or is it day?) scenes all show that the filmmakers were ambitious and reaching for something new, but unfortunately their effort hasn't aged all well, as it drags in the middle quite heavily. Elina Salo is as fresh and lovely as always though, and the film can be recommended as a rare novelty for anyone interested in Finland. I wonder if a foreigner's perception of the movie would differ from mine.
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