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 ...
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The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that's been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin ... See full summary »
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
I don't like all Finnish movies, but I like this one. This movie isn't a modern avant-garde "all life is crap" movie like some ("Pitkä kuuma kesä" etc.) but a genuine, smooth story which just flows along. The main characters (Tapio Rautavaara and Repe Helismaa) looked and acted very much like the real people they're based on, even though I am too young to have seen them in real life. The story was good, mainly because it was possible to do the entire movie without any real violence. If you are a Finn, or otherwise like Finnish movies, you can't go wrong with this one.
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