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Ari
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Tiina
Petteri Summanen ...
Stig
Matleena Kuusniemi ...
Ilona
Valtteri Roiha ...
Riku
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Hanna-Riikka
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Roope
Vilma Melasniemi ...
Piia
Eija Nousiainen ...
Arin äiti
Jaana Järvinen ...
Helena
Pertti Sveholm ...
Pera
Niina Kurkinen ...
Päivi
Kirsi Tarvainen ...
Tipi
Wanda Dubiel ...
Tupu
Jere Viitanen ...
Roopen ja Pian poika
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An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic womanizer; he makes it a point of pride to never sleep with the same woman twice, and his nights are a long series of brazen one-night stands. But when Ari meets Tiina (Laura Malmivaara), something unexpected happens - he falls in love. For the first time, Ari finds himself pursuing a long-term relationship, and he makes a genuine effort to remain faithful to her. But old habits die hard; Tiina introduces Ari to her circle of friends and temptation arises as he encounters Hanna-Riikka, a theology student, and Ilona, who is soon to be married. Despite Ari's feelings for Tiina, he begins having affairs with both Hanna-Riikka and Ilona, leading to an unpleasant revelation on the day of Ilona's nuptials. Written by Mark Deming, Allrovi

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$6,632 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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$16,239 (USA) (26 January 2001)
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This film was a school project for director Aku Louhimies, writer Aleksi Bardy, and editor Samu Heikkilä. They all graduated from Helsinki University of Art and Design in December 2000. See more »

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Followed by Levottomat 3 - kun mikään ei riitä (2004) See more »

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Written by Teemu Brunila
Performed by The Crash
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One young Finn's inability to keep it zipped
10 March 2003 | by (Pori, Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw this on DVD with English subtitles (my Finnish is very limited).

Levottomat (The Restless) explores what happens when a wild card is introduced into a circle of friends, follow the mirth and merriment as Ari, a young medical doctor, weaves a path of emotional destruction amongst a group of six student friends in Turku.

The period covers a few months in Ari's life: his mother is terminally ill, he is unwilling or unable to make any emotional ties with any of his one night stands, then he meets Tiina... and her friends.

There are many aspects of Finnish life which are seen in this film, the drinking, Juhannus (midsummer), summer cottages, sauna culture etc., young people lacking experience in relationships... all of which are peculiar to the Nordic countries. You also see people in their mid-20s gallivanting around like freshers... Finland is not only a land of the midnight Sun, but also the land of the eternal student.

Be warned, there is a large amount of nudity and sex in this film, which to most people would seem pornographic, really it's not, well not all of it... Finns have a rather unique outlook on the naked body, perhaps due to their Sauna culture.

Well worth watching.


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