Pertti works as telegraph operator on a ship. The ship arrives in Helsinki and Pertti looks forward to meet his mother and the neighbor girl, who he is in love. But his plans change, when ...
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Pertti works as telegraph operator on a ship. The ship arrives in Helsinki and Pertti looks forward to meet his mother and the neighbor girl, who he is in love. But his plans change, when he steps into a restaurant with the first officer of the ship on the first ashore. Written by
Through the Fog, pain, guilt, crime, misery, tears and endless suffering
That's it! That's it! THE quintessential Finnish post-war melodrama, with all the elements that one might expect: the seedy, foggy harbours with Finnish men playing black American sailors (saying things like "Uuh beibi, prittee beibi, laav, laav"); sinful ladies with never-ending cigarettes and eagerness to pimp their lush bodies for a pair of silk stockings or a drink; a pure as snow ballerina, stuck into the world of gangsters' molls and dirty underground joints but with a dream flickering behind her Bamby eyes and a tragedy in store for her; and the greatest of all the clichés - an innocent, virtuous young man (of course with an gray, sticky sweet little 80-year old knitting mother somewhere in a small town and a devoted, plain girl waiting for him and jumping greedily at every opportunity to sacrifice her life for his redemption), whose downwards spiral from one casual drink, poured by a woman of ill repute, to perpetual delirium tremensis, degeneration, crime and murder takes about two weeks, neatly rolling before your eyes.
Trust me - the pathos, the moral message and the relentless narrative will make you quiver in total ecstasy of guilt and pleasure. Every other shot or line of dialog is a total hoot. And yet - there's so much to learn! :) I may be a freak, but this is my idea of a night at the pictures. Don't try to measure this film by the standards of LIFE - after such films, it's the LIFE that got small!
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