A cleaning woman decides to sue the state for illegal discharge.

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Sari Mällinen ...
Eila Salonen
Ilkka Koivula ...
Timo
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Mika
Kristiina Halkola ...
Pirkko Karvinen
Johanna Kerttula ...
Mari Lainio
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Kai Pylkkänen
Aino Lehtimäki ...
Laina
Irja Matikainen ...
Laskupää
Juha Muje ...
Sauli Korpivuori
Elina Hietala ...
Jonna
Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...
Eero
Antti Virta ...
Molo
Mari Koivula ...
Milla
Jukka Pääkkönen ...
Heikki
Harri Tavinen ...
Heikki
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Forty-something, divorced Eila works as a cleaner for the Finnish government. When the cleaning business is privatized, her colleagues go on strike against impending redundancies but end up settling their dispute on questionable terms. Eila is despised as scab until a lawyer helps her -- and hundreds of her colleagues around the country -- file a winning lawsuit against the Finnish State. Subplots include a gentle but clueless musician boyfriend and Eila's son, a juvenile delinquent just released from prison and trying to cope with his own problems. Based on true events in the 1990s when cleaning women of the former National Building Board sued the Finnish government for illegal discharges. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Tarina äidistä, elokuva rohkeudesta. (A story about a mother, a movie about courage.)

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14 March 2003 (Finland)  »

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€1,050,000 (estimated)
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Features Ponterosa (2001) See more »

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Myrskyn jälkeen
Written and arranged by Veikko Samuli
Lyrics by Kari Tapio
Performed by Kari Tapio
Samusic Oy
Audiovox Records Oy AXRCD 1166
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Ordinary people can sometimes do extraordinary things
28 August 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

In Finland,it is not only maverick filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki who is making films about ordinary mortals who are having troubles being part of Finnish society.Meaningful films about Finnish society and its problems are made on a regular basis by other directors too as they are not turning a blind eye to the ills of their society.It is a positive development that their artistic conscience is forcing them to do something for the betterment of Finnish society and Finnish cinema.Jarmo Lampela is one such director who has made a thought provoking film called "Eila".It is about an ordinary person who is threatened by both society as well as Finnish state.In this film,one can see how a sacked cleaning woman fights an unprecedented battle to regain her lost dignity.For many people the sacking of a cleaning woman might be termed as an ordinary event which deserves to be forgotten.This is not the case with Eila.She is the only one who feels that she is determined to challenge the state to get some justice for the discrimination done against her.This is a nice film which shows that there are times when ordinary people are capable of doing extra ordinary things in their lives.


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