This movie tells about a broken family.The father is dealing with
alcoholism, but he decides to become sober.But that doesn't solve all
the problems of the family.Pyhä Perhe (1976) is directed by Anssi
Mänttäri, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday.This is the first
feature he directed.It's based on Claes Andersson's play from
1974.Jussi winner Lasse Pöysti gives a very convincing performance as
Paavo Mäkinen.Same I could say about Birgitta Ulfsson, his wife at the
time, playing Terttu.The children are played by Rita Polster,
Martti-Mikael Järvinen and Sanna Fransman.They're all very good.Also
great job from Mikko Majanlahti (Doctor) and Marja-Sisko Aimonen (Ms.
Vuorio).This movie has a lot of good, not just the great
performances.The sequence where Paavo is in his working place, trying
to hit on his colleague, is really nice.And the whole thing is most
realistic.Something like this happens in Finland way too much.
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