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Jukka Vieno (screenplay)
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2 December 2004 (Hungary) See more »
Viimeisenä seisoo rakkaus
Taavi, who never goes anywhere without his video camera, and his young and wealthy friends find themselves on the cusp of adulthood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jussi Nikkilä ... Taavi
Reino Nordin ... Jere
Jarkko Niemi ... Markus

Jenni Banerjee ... Reetta
Ville Kivelä ... Sami
Mervi Takatalo ... Mira
Evi Suppala ... Jenni

Laura Malmivaara ... Helena Pääkkönen

Ville Virtanen ... Jeren isä Juhani
Kari Heiskanen ... Juristi

Kari Hietalahti ... Taavin isä
Milka Ahlroth ... Taavin ätti
Esko Mäkelä ... Nettideittimies
Elina Stirkkinen ... Nettideittinainen

Markku Peltola ... Samin isä
Lena Meriläinen ... Samin äiti
Anna Lehtolainen ... Prostituoitu
Santeri Nuutinen ... Taavi pienenä
Rasmus Nuutinen ... Taavi pienenä
Henry Saari ... Taavin 'isä'
Mariah ... Taavin 'äiti'
Ilari Airikkala ... Muiden rooli
Susanna Mikkonen ... Muiden rooli (as Susanna Anteroinen)
Felix Bardy ... Muiden rooli
Jenny Dahlström ... Muiden rooli (as Jenni Dahlström)
Ida Heinonen ... Muiden rooli
Marjo Immonen ... Muiden rooli
Ann-Marie Inkinen ... Muiden rooli
Liisa Juntunen ... Muiden rooli
Aleksis Kyrö ... Muiden rooli
Joonas Lahtinen ... Muiden rooli
Minna Liang ... Muiden rooli
Iida-Maria Lindstedt ... Muiden rooli (as Iisa-Maria Lindstedt)
Siina Lehtola ... Muiden rooli
Joona Majurinen ... Muiden rooli
Sara Melleri ... Muiden rooli
Titte Neuvonen ... Muiden rooli
Eveliina Nieminen ... Muiden rooli
Raakel Pellonpää ... Muiden rooli
Anna Ranta ... Muiden rooli
Ripsipiirakka ... Muiden rooli
Anni Rissanen ... Muiden rooli
Emilia Sinisalo ... Muiden rooli
Susanna Tikkanen ... Muiden rooli
Anna Tulusto ... Muiden rooli
Enni Tuovinen ... Muiden rooli
Piritta Vainio ... Muiden rooli
Petri Vainio ... Muiden rooli
Terhi Valkeila ... Muiden rooli
Konsta Väänänen ... Muiden rooli
Väinö Weckström ... Muiden rooli
Sue Willberg ... Muiden rooli

Directed by
Jukka-Pekka Siili  (as J-P Siili)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaajo Linnonmaa  idea
Jukka Vieno  screenplay

Produced by
Aleksi Bardy .... producer
Olli Haikka .... producer
Riina Hyytiä .... producer
Petri Riikonen .... post-production producer
Original Music by
Kerkko Koskinen 
Cinematography by
Jarkko T. Laine 
Film Editing by
Samu Heikkilä 
Casting by
Tutsa Paananen 
Pia Pesonen 
Art Direction by
Päivi Kettunen 
Costume Design by
Jouni Mervas 
Makeup Department
Hannele Herttua .... makeup artist
Niina Karlson .... assistant makeup artist
Helka Kähkönen .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Leena Mäenpää-Bentley .... production manager
Ella Piesala .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pia Lehtinen .... second assistant director
Marko Talli .... assistant director
Art Department
Tuomo Hintikka .... title graphics
Katariina Järvi .... props
Päivi Kettunen .... set designer
Simo Koivuniemi .... swing gang
Markku Laukkonen .... swing gang
Erkki Lume .... property master
Matti Lyra .... assistant property master
Esa Paajamaa .... swing gang
Samuli Simula .... props
Arto Tuohimaa .... assistant property master
Ville Vaajakallio .... title graphics
Sound Department
Thomas Hagström .... sound recordist
Juha Hakanen .... sound designer
Janne Jankeri .... foley effects
Janne Jankeri .... foley recordist
Ville Jankeri .... assistant foley artist
Ville Jankeri .... foley recordist
Pietari Koskinen .... sound recordist
Heikki Kossi .... foley artist
Heikki Kossi .... sound re-recordist
Mika Niinimaa .... sound editor
Peter Nordström .... sound mixer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Jouni Kivimäki .... stunts
Tuomas Kolkka .... stunts
Vesa Laakso .... stunts
H.-P. Virkki .... stunts (as H-P Virkki)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jani Häkli .... second assistant camera
Antti Isoaho .... assistant lighting technician
Ville Juurikkala .... still photographer
Janne Jääskeläinen .... assistant lighting technician
Jari Kairamo .... lighting technician
Harri Kärkkäinen .... assistant camera: b-roll
Seppo Louhi .... still photographer
Tuomas Milonoff .... gaffer
Pekka Mustonen .... still photographer
Antti Ruusuvuori .... assistant camera
Timo Teräväinen .... camera operator: second unit
Henry Wacklin .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Huovinen .... costumer (as Niina Huovinen)
Marjut Salovaara .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Oskar Franzen .... assistant editor (as Oskar Franzén)
Tommi Gröhn .... film recording operator (as Tommi Grön)
Samu Heikkilä .... trailer editor
Petteri Linnus .... on-line editor
Marco Ridolfi .... print mastering
Massimo Righetti .... print mastering
J.-P. Valkeapää .... second assistant editor (as J-P Valkeapää)
Adam Vándor .... colorist
Music Department
Risto Hemmi .... music mixer
Risto Hemmi .... music recordist
Eeva Koivusalo .... musician
Kerkko Koskinen .... musician
Pirjo Leppänen .... musician
DJ Orkidea .... producer: additional music
Miikka Paatelainen .... musician
Pepa Päivinen .... musician
Heikki Tikka .... musician
Markku Veijonsuo .... musician
Other crew
Jani Backa .... runner
Aleksi Bardy .... script editor
Clare Downs .... script analyst
Samu Heikkilä .... script analyst
Janne Jääskeläinen .... making-of
Petra Karasti .... publicist
Marja-Riitta Koivumäki .... script analyst
Kati Kokko .... production assistant
Iiro Küttner .... script analyst
Ari Lohenoja .... marketing manager
Sari Mikkola-Mannila .... marketing
Sara Norberg .... script supervisor
Lasse Norres .... publicist
Jyrki Nummi .... researcher
Timo Puolitaipale .... translator
Laura Reijonen .... accountant
Jorma Reinilä .... controller
Lasse Rosengren .... lawyer
Jukka-Pekka Siili .... script editor (as JP Siili)
Jenni Säntti-Barbieri .... marketing assistant (as Jenni Säntti)
Olga Tuomela .... production assistant
Petri Ylönen .... making-of

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Also Known As:
"Hymypoika" - Finland (original title)
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104 min
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A cautionary tale of spiritual emptiness, 25 November 2005
Author: Jon from United States

This movie is a tad better than the user ratings indicate. Perhaps some were hoping for porn, and came away disappointed--although there is plenty of nudity, there is nothing to titillate--this is a moving and cautionary tale of spiritual emptiness.

"Young Gods" is the ironically-titled film that examines the vapid world of mesmerizing images we live in, when there's no guidance for spiritual context. We experience this confusion through the eyes (and lenses) of four Finnish boys, all recent high-school graduates. Taavi has just inherited his deceased father's mansion and wealth, but has blocked out the memory of his death, and moves through life at a distance, viewing everything possible through his camcorder's viewfinder. Jere is emotionally dead. He has a girlfriend and finds comfort in sex, but is unable to open his heart. Sami, homely and overweight, has zero self-esteem. Markus is very immature, but otherwise fairly well-adjusted.

The four make an odd pact to film their sexual conquests, and the four find themselves living in an even more illusory meta-world, as their desire to film sex takes precedence over their actual desires, and recording an event becomes secondary to experiencing life. They all seem to lack a father who can teach them about love and loving, and are left to float down a river of sex and imagery without a clue to its purpose. (Jere's father is no help: he's a pornographer, coolly composing loveless sex scenes as though creating a grocery display.) Slowly, the consequences of their pact begin changing them as it brings out the yearning, emptiness, violence, or love that is really within their hearts.

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