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Just when you think you've grown up...everything changes
Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Minna Haapkylä ... Venla
Kari-Pekka Toivonen ... Antero

Minttu Mustakallio ... Satu

Tommi Eronen ... Rönkkö
Pekka Strang ... Miro
Dick Idman ... Claes
Antti Raivio ... Jarmo Heiskanen
Saara Pakkasvirta ... Seija
Meri Nenonen ... Tintti
Juha Kukkonen ... Hessu
Tiina Pirhonen ... Receptionist
Elina Knihtilä ... Anna Heiskanen
Ghia Fieandt ... Edith Heiskanen (as Edith Fieandt)
Eeli Salmenperä ... Eeli Heiskanen
Iiris Haase ... Ida Heiskanen
Minna Savin ... Antero's Mother
Aarne Toivonen ... Young Antero
Pekka Valkeejärvi ... Doctor
Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Vasektomialääkäri

Ville Virtanen ... Marriage Councillor
Rea Mauranen ... Marriage Councillor
Kirsti Kuosmanen ... Woman at Therapy
Mikael Rejström ... Man at Therapy (as Micke Rejström)
Heikki Nousiainen ... Neighbour
Jarkko Pajunen ... Driver in Traffic Jam
Matti Onnismaa ... Driver in Traffic Jam
Aamer Hammoudi ... Driver in Traffic Jam
Mika Poutala ... Skater #1
Robert Brandt ... Skater #2
Jarmo Valtonen ... Skater #3
Aija Puurtinen ... Band Member
Pekka Lehti ... Band Member
Juuso Hannukainen ... Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonna Haapkylä ... Nurse

Directed by
Aleksi Salmenperä 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tuomo Hutri  original idea
Pekko Pesonen  idea
Pekko Pesonen  screenplay
Aleksi Salmenperä  original idea
Antti Sipilä  original idea

Produced by
Helena Danielsson .... co-producer
Tomas Eskilsson .... co-producer
Petri Jokiranta .... producer
Tero Kaukomaa .... producer
Jukka Kujala .... post-production producer
Peter Possne .... co-producer
Original Music by
Timo Hietala 
Cinematography by
Tuomo Hutri 
Film Editing by
Kimmo Taavila 
Production Design by
Annika Björkman 
Costume Design by
Tiina Kaukanen 
Makeup Department
Juhana Hellamaa .... hair dresser: Kampaamo Volyme
Tiia Jokivalli .... hair dresser: Kampaamo Volyme
Kati Koski .... assistant makeup artist
Petra Kuntsi .... assistant makeup artist
Jonna Salonen .... assistant makeup artist
Mari Vaalasranta .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pirjo Koskelo .... production manager
Antti Sipilä .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Lwoff .... first assistant director
Piia Nokelainen .... second assistant director
Art Department
Antero Airos .... graphic designer
Leila Anttila .... art department
Annika Björkman .... art department
Johanna Heikkilä .... art department
Matti Helariutta .... graphic designer
Toni Kari .... art department
Sari Kiiski .... art department
Heikki Leikola .... art department
Niina Tanskanen .... art department
Ville Tervonen .... art department
Ville Tervonen .... property master
Sound Department
Tuomas Klaavo .... sound recordist
Janne Laine .... sound
Mika Niinimaa .... boom operator
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ulf Olausson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tommi Gröhn .... digital film recording
Tuomo Hintikka .... digital effects artist
Petteri Linnus .... online artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Tero Aaltonen .... second assistant camera
Manu Haapala .... best boy
Anna Maria Jóakimsdóttir Hutri .... still photographer (as Anna Maria Jóakimsdóttir)
Juha Niska .... lighting technician
Raimo Paananen .... first assistant camera
Arttu Peltomaa .... lighting trainee
Ville Penttilä .... gaffer
Miska Rämö .... lighting technician
Ville Salminen .... lighting technician
Karri Takala .... grip
Jukka Talikka .... Steadicam operator
Tikka Tolonen .... still photographer (as Iikka Tolonen)
Editorial Department
Marko Terävä .... digital color grading
Harri Ylönen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mongo Aaltonen .... musician: percussion
Ulla Hammarberg .... musician: cello
Timo Hietala .... music producer
Minna Kangas .... musician: violin
Esa Kuloniemi .... musician: guitar
Pekka Lehti .... musician: contrabass
Mikko Oinonen .... music mixer
Lea Pekkala .... musican: cello
Mauri Saarikoski .... concert master
Hannu Vasara .... musician: violin
Tapio Waismaa .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Reima Gustavsson .... transportation: instruments
Other crew
Jukka Asikainen .... script editor
Heidi Fast .... assistant to director
Susan Heiskanen .... translator
Juha Hämynen .... insurance
Leena Kemppi .... script editor
Mika Laitinen .... caterer
Taina Linna .... production secretary
Pekka Milonoff .... script editor
Veli-Matti Mäkolä .... production accountant
Pia Naarajärvi .... legal services
Tuula Nikkola .... script supervisor
Piia Nokelainen .... post-production coordination
Elina Pohjola .... caterer (as Elina Lindroos)
Elina Pohjola .... production assistant (as Elina Lindroos)
Merja Ritola .... production secretary
Jukka Saharinen .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Lapsia ja aikuisia - Kuinka niitä tehdään?" - Finland (original title)
"Children and Adults: How Are They Made?" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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102 min
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This is Finland's official Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film of 2004.See more »
Venla:I gotta go home!
Satu:No, wait! Do you think that I should rub your clitoris before you go?
[long silence]
Satu:That was a joke!
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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Summary from 2004 TIFF, 10 September 2004
Author: Richard from Toronto

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Just saw this movie at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. Don't think there are any spoilers, but if you'd rather not know anything, then skip the last few paragraphs.

Lapsia Ja Aikuisia (Producing Adults), is a movie about a woman who is facing a difference of opinion in her relationship with her boyfriend over whether or not to have children. This leads her to eventually question her entire relationship and what she really wants from life. This was a very good film, and the director, Aleksi Salmenpera, was on hand after the showing for a Q&A session.

Some notes from the Q&A (apologies if I misinterpreted anything):

- Don't approach it as a comedy or a drama, but take what you can from it.

- The title in English actually refers to a saying something like "the success of a marriage is not in producing children, but in the children producing adults". The director said the title actually is better in English than in Finnish.

- The same can't be said for the translation of the dialog; one of the audience members who obviously spoke Finnish said the Finnish dialog was great, but the translation missed a lot of the nuances in the script, including some of the vulgarity. The director agreed, and said that he had even spoken to the producer about the quality of the translation.

- The film originated out of a film school project.

- The director of photography had worked with Salmenpera on two of his short films.

- The music in the movie was all original, mainly because they couldn't afford to use anything else.

- It was a one-camera shoot, and took about 40 days of filming.

- One scene in the rain did have additional rain added to it, which was quite obvious, and for which the director apologized. :-)

- After a fight, the lead female and male characters are driving home, and the woman is driving, mainly because the male is injured. However, the director said that for reasons he couldn't articulate, he wanted her to be driving the car in the scene. As one audience member pointed out, it actually makes a statement about her character at that point in the movie.

- An opening shot in the movie of speed skaters is meant to convey the image of sperm, but the director said they couldn't keep up with the skaters, so it kind of lost its effect. :-)

The film had a mix of drama and comedy, but to me, came across primarily as a serious drama, looking at the breakdown in communication in a relationship, initiated by the discussion of children, which causes the lead female character, Venla, to question her entire relationship in general. This leads her to explore other possibilities.

The characters never really talk to each other about their differences or feelings, they tend to avoid it; some might have expected more confrontation and resolution in the dialogue. But I guess that is the point of why their relationship has problems and gives it a more realistic feel. They do attempt therapy, but we never hear what they say; we only see the session with a musical soundtrack.

Overall, I thought the movie was quite good and an interesting look at modern relationships. It was a really good effort for what I understand to be the director's first feature film (and thus why it appeared in the Discovery program of the festival).

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