In the 1970s, a 12-year-old boy Esko lives in Tornio, northern Finland, a town bordering Sweden across the river. Esko befriends a Swedish boy, Pate, and learns to share his obsession for ... See full summary »
In the 1970s, a 12-year-old boy Esko lives in Tornio, northern Finland, a town bordering Sweden across the river. Esko befriends a Swedish boy, Pate, and learns to share his obsession for Harry Houdini, the legendary escape artist. While standing handcuffed on the railway bridge, contemplating a stunt jump into the icy river, he reminisces the dramatic events of the summer before. For the viewer, his problems are presented with warm humour # gang fights, feeling guilty for lying, Father losing his job, Mother losing her nerves, not to mention Grandfather having lost his willingness to speak since a traumatic war experience 30 years earlier. Written by
A teenager boy, Esko, with a vivid imagination lives near the border of Finland and Sweden. After a trip to Sweden, he gets into disagreement his old friends, and he meets Patrik, a boy across the border. They share similar interests to two different people: Esko is living through the tales about German war-hero Rommel, and Patrik is trying solve the secrets of Houdini, great handcuff king. By and by, Esko starts to get more interested in Houdini's tale.
Esko's family (father, mother, brother, and grandpa) live in the same house in rural area, near Tornio. All the other family members seem to live a little bit disconnected lives from Esko, they are part of the tales of Rommel, but also stories of Esko turning into a handcuff king.
Story seems rather simple, and all the technical parts do not promise a quality film. However, the persons are fascinating, and the story goes on forward smoothly. Also, a peculiar anecdote is that, the young leading actors are one-time actors on silver-screens, by far. Amateurs they are, but do a nice job, taking the stories of Rommel and Houdini to the end. There is also an encouraging message to deliver, but that is for every viewer to find out.
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