A self-loving fictional autobiography of author Kari Hotakainen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martti Suosalo ...
Writer Kari Hotakainen
Janne Hyytiäinen ...
Pertti 'Pera' Olavi Kiilapää
Matti Onnismaa ...
Car-Dealer Kartio
Pertti Sveholm ...
Police Lieutenant Vikström
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ...
Publisher Veisterä
Arvi Lind ...
Newscaster Arvi Lind
Susanna Roine ...
Tiia
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Cop #1
Pekka Huotari ...
Reporter of YLE
Vesa Vierikko ...
Lauri Nikander
Risto Kaskilahti ...
Esko Kummonen
Jari Nissinen ...
Cop #2
Konsta Mäkelä ...
Cop #3
Harri Ekonen ...
President
Minna Koskela ...
Kiosk Vendor
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Storyline

Based on Kari Hotakainen's 1997 novel, the film's main character is a not very successful writer, Hotakainen, who is ordered by his publisher to write a dramatic novel about his own secret life. In search for "manic" inspiration, he becomes entangled in the world of cars, particularly a certain yellow Toyota and a used Alfa Romeo. As Hotakainen breaks ties with his former life and reality, he finds himself in opposition with Pera, the young white trash owner of the Toyota. Written by Pauli Ojala

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23 February 2001 (Finland)  »

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Klassikern  »

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FIM 4,000,000 (estimated)

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$125,563 (Hong Kong) (15 August 2003)
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The license plate number of Hotakainen's Alfa Romeo is most of the time FAO-102, but when he's driving against the police road block it's EXT-952. See more »

Soundtracks

Get On
Composed by Remu Aaltonen, Cisse Häkkinen and Albert Järvinen
Lyrics by Remu Aaltonen, Cisse Häkkinen and Albert Järvinen
Performed by Hurriganes
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Finnish men indeed.
24 September 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Director Väänänen has a heart.

When Finnish movie production has gone to 21st century. Väänänen takes a look back to the 80's.

This enjoyable movie includes three enjoyable male characters played buy excellent actors:

A writer, who is desperately trying to get his book published so that he could buy a car of HIS dreams.

A policeman, who adores (like he says) REAL drunk drivers.

A car salesman, who adores Arvi Lind (a well known news reporter in Finland).

This movie is not produced in Hollywood. It don't even try to pretend it.


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