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Pearls and Pigs (2003)

Helmiä ja sikoja (original title)
When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by ... See full summary »

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Mikko Leppilampi ...
Läde
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Laura
Amanda Pilke ...
Saara Mäkinen
Unto Helo ...
Timo
Timo Lavikainen ...
Ruho
Jimi Pääkallo ...
Poju
Pekka Valkeejärvi ...
Erkki 'Ukko' Valtteri Hirvonen
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Antti Reini ...
Laura's Boyfriend
Antti Virmavirta ...
Sika
Tomi Salmela ...
Limppu
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Lehikoinen
Matti Onnismaa ...
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Risto Salmi ...
Liquor Store Vendor
Marko Tiusanen ...
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When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by her prostitute mother. A karaoke set helps reveal that the little girl is quite a singer, just as a talent contest for children is coming up on national television offering more than enough money to the winner. If only the kid weren't so hopelessly shy... Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Naurat tai itket ja naurat!

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29 August 2003 (Finland)  »

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€1,300,000 (estimated)
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Crazy Credits

During the credits the main characters are seen answering questions in a police interrogation. See more »

Connections

References Ein Fall für zwei (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Hyvä Bore
Written by Jiri Nikkinen
Lyrics by Jaana Rinne
Performed by Clifters
Manus / One Inch Rock / Warner Music
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Wow
14 March 2004 | by (Kuopio) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie with my 13-year old niece. I was truly positively surprised when we left the theatre. OK, maybe this movie will never win an Oscar, but sure as hell, lots of people will like it! Director Leppä´s style is very close to Finnish state of soul. I actually had a few flashbacks to my youth when I saw all hassling and boozing of those characters. Still, there is a sensitive part between younger but lonely girl and a young woman who has just left her former life with an butthole-boyfriend.

To say at least something negative: Some characters aren´t maybe at their right spots. Antti Virmavirta - one of my favourite Finnish actors - isn´t right kind of man to play that role. Does a good job though, but someone else´s appearance could have been better.

As others say, I wouldn´t recommend this movie to non-finnish audience. But for you Finnish people, this is a must-see, no doubt.


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