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The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship got frictious for a long time. The film covers the years from 1949 to 1965 (Helismaa's death). Since the film is based on real-life persons it also tells much about the change in Finland during those years and of course much about Finnish popular music. Written by
Touching documentary of two popular Finnish musicians
Film is basically drama made of true story of Tapio Rautavaara (kind of post-WW2 national hero (Olympic champion and singer), who made himself known as romantic hobo (kulkuri) in many films) and Reino Helismaa (who was very skilled song & play maker, making mostly light popular music. He performed also, but was not as popular).
Years following WW-2 they made tours around Finland together, but at some point separated with hard feelings, and stayed separate untill near death of Helismaa. Film is basing mostly on this two friends false pride, which prevented them to ask forgiveness for each others mistakes, thus shadowing some 20 years of their lives.
Film also displays some other popular Finnish performers from '50 - '70, and is quite good insight to their mostly sad stories. (As far as I know any facts.)
I liked film much, mostly because it gave kind of unique insight of recent past of Finland, in totally different viewpoint than I have seen before this. Film ads well to 1998-1999 published Finnish films, which have been well made (especially comparing to funding) and where actors have really done good job.
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